Australian Open 2022: Daniil Medvedev vs. Henri Laaksonen Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2022: Daniil Medvedev vs. Henri Laaksonen Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Daniil Medvedev takes on Henri Laaksonen in the first round on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022.

With doubts lingering over Novak Djokovic’s participation at the 2022 Australian Open, Daniil Medvedev could be next in line to lay his hands at the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup. Will the Russian live up to the billing as the tournament favorite in the likely absence of the Serbian? Or could Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen stage one of the biggest upsets on Tuesday?

Daniil Medvedev was a finalist at last year’s Australian Open losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets. But Medvedev got his revenge over the Serbian star in the US Open final when he lifted his first Grand Slam title, whilst at the same time ending Djokovic’s dream of a historic feat of winning all four Majors in a single year. Medvedev has already confessed that an Australian Open minus Djokovic would open up the draw a little bit, and it is no secret. The World No. 1 has won the title in these parts a record nine times, but is mired in a legal battle with the government over his visa status. Medvedev launched his season at the ATP Cup where he was unsuccessful in his bid to retain the title at the team tournament. But he did win three of his four singles rubbers. 

Henri Laaksonen is ranked at a career-high ranking of No. 92, which has given him an automatic entry at the Australian Open. Considering that he had fallen at the qualifying stage five times from seven tries in recent years, it represents progress even at the ripe age of 29. The Swiss man can try and take a leaf out of the Aslan Karatsev playbook in his bid to emulate the Russian who stunned the tennis world in Melbourne last season. Laaksonen is no stranger to defying the odds. He reached the third round of both the French Open and US Open in 2021, scoring some big wins over the likes of Bautista Agut, John Millman and Cristian Garin. But does he have the mettle to overcome Daniil Medvedev?

Daniil Medvedev leads Henri Laaksonen 1-0 in their head-to-head. That solitary meeting came at the 2019 Davis Cup qualifier where Medvedev won in three sets on an indoor hard court. The Russian rose to prominence since that season and is widely considered the best of his generation. It has taken some high caliber opponents to upstage him. Medvedev is operating at frenetic level and the general feeling is that he will topple the Swiss in straight sets. 

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

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