Russian Daniil Medvedev will play against American Sebastian Korda in the third round of the Australian Open. The match will take place on January 20, starting at 09:30 GMT.
Australian Open 2023
|Daniil Medvedev||vs||Sebastian Korda|
Tournament: Australian Open 2023.
Round: Third round (Round of 32).
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia.
Category: Grand Slam.
Prize Money: A$76,500,000.
Daniil Medvedev did not notice his opponents at all in the first rounds. In the opening match, Daniil arranged a master class for the American Marcos Giron, winning with a score of 6:0, 6:1, 6:2.
And in the second round, the Russian tennis player stopped John Millman – 7:5, 6:2, 6:2. But in this match there was a struggle in the first round from the Austrian tennis player.
Medvedev got through the first few rounds of the Grand Slam so easily. So it was last year at the US Open. As you know, Daniil could not cope with his first serious opponent – in the fourth round, the Russian lost to Nick Kiryos.
In 2022, the former world No.1 struggled and found it difficult to make an impact in major tournaments for most of the season. However, Daniil remains a formidable opponent on hard courts.
Sebastian Korda reached the third round of the Australian Major for the second year in a row. And in this case, no one had any doubts that the American would easily overcome the first rounds.
In the first match, Sebastian defeated the Chilean Christian Garin – 6:4, 1:6, 6:3, 6:2. After that, there was a victory over the Japanese Yosuke Watanuki – 6:2, 7:5, 6:4.
But it is also worth noting that in early January, Korda reached the final in Adelaide. In the decisive match against Novak Djokovic, the 22-year-old tennis player missed the match point in the second set.
And before that, Korda beat Andy Murray, Roberto Bautista-Aguta, Yannick Sinner and Yoshihito Nishioka.
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Head to Head
Medvedev and Korda met only once. The Russian leads (1-0) head-to-head, winning their only match at the 2021 ATP Masters 1000 in Paris.
|Daniil Medvedev win 1.20||Sebastian Korda win 4.55|
Both Medvedev and Korda stepped up their game in 2023, despite the difficulties both tennis players faced late last year.
The American has proven himself to be one of the cleanest hitters on the men’s tour and his serve is a big plus. The skill and experience of Korda can impose a fight on a tennis player from Russia.
But still, Daniil Medvedev is in good shape and should win this meeting and go to the next round of the Australian Open 2023.
Prediction: Daniil Medvedev will win in five sets.