TennisSection previews the 2023 Adelaide International as Daniil Medvedev takes on Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
Daniil Medvedev braces himself for a first acid test of 2023. The Russian will battle Serbia’s No. 2 player Miomir Kecmanovic in the pick of the second-round matches at the Adelaide International. Who will prevail?
Daniil Medvedev advanced into the second round of the Adelaide International, thanks to a retirement win over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego. Medvedev was looking to snap a four-match losing sequence from the backend of last season, but he appeared wobbly early on. He saved a whopping nine set points in the first set which lasted 81 minutes before he clinched it in a tiebreak against the run of play. In the second set, he came from a break down before Sonego was physically hampered due to cramps. The Russian will breathe a huge sigh of relief and will need to improve drastically when he takes on Miomir Kecmanovic.
Miomir Kecmanovic, for his part, was barely troubled by Australia’s Christopher O’Connell in the first round of the Adelaide International. The World No. 29 secured a routine 6-4 6-4 win over the home favorite in an hour and 35 minutes. The Serbian saved five of six break points he faced, and won 63% return points on O’Connell’s second serve, which proved telling. Now that he has got his campaign off to a winning start, he will be looking to win back-to-back matches for the first time since October.
Daniil Medvedev and Miomir Kecmanovic have played twice on the ATP Tour, with Medvedev leading 2-0. Both matches took place during the 2022 season. The Russian won on the clay of Roland Garros, and more recently on the hard courts in Los Cabos. Medvedev is at a lowly 2/13 to win this match with the bookies. The Russian will need to tweak his game a little. He was extremely passive against Sonego, but surely he won’t play worse than that on Wednesday at the Adelaide International.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Daniil Medvedev in 3 sets.
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