Preview: Can Medvedev, Fritz Keep Robust Clay Type In Madrid? | ATP Tour
Monday’s motion on the Mutua Madrid Open will finalise the final 16 on the ATP Masters 1000, with the third spherical to be accomplished on Day 6 of main-draw play. Second seed Daniil Medvedev will begin the day’s slate in Manolo Santana Stadium in opposition to Alexander Shevchenko, with fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas assembly twenty fifth seeed Sebastian Baez within the night session on centre court docket.
Taylor Fritz’s noon matchup with Cristian Garin headlines the motion in Arantxa Sanchez Stadium, with Frances Tiafoe going through Pedro Cachin simply earlier than on Madrid’s second stage.
ATPTour.com appears to be like at among the key third-round matchups on Monday’s schedule throughout the boys’s singles draw and males’s doubles draw.
 Daniil Medvedev vs. [Q] Alexander Shevchenko
A self-proclaimed “hard-court specialist”, Medvedev has discovered his footing on the clay this season with a quarter-final run in Monte-Carlo and a assured efficiency in a 6-4, 6-3 win in opposition to Andrea Vavassori within the Madrid opening spherical.
The altitude in Madrid makes for faster circumstances than most clay courts on the ATP Tour, which ought to swimsuit the 27-year-old. However regardless of that, Medvedev has by no means been past the third spherical within the Spanish capital, posting a 1-3 document in his earlier appearances.
“I simply need to play my greatest,” he stated after beating Vavassori with out dropping serve for his tour-leading thirty second win on the season. “Certain, everyone seems to be saying right here I ought to prefer it just a little bit greater than different clay courts as a result of the serve goes a bit quicker, the court docket is quicker. Up to now I haven’t performed nicely in Madrid, however at this time was an excellent match and I simply hope for extra matches like this within the subsequent two weeks.”
Medvedev will bid to achieve the final 16 for the primary time in Madrid in opposition to the 22-year-old Shevchenko, who has risen six locations to No. 90 within the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Rankings this week behind his two qualifying and two main-draw wins — all earned in straight units.
Whereas it is going to be the pair’s first ATP Head2Head assembly, Medvedev and Shevchenko are mates off the court docket and are frequent opponents when enjoying video video games collectively.
Shevchenko’s Surge: Loads Of Recreation On & Off Court docket
After Shevchenko beat J.J. Wolf to mark his ATP Masters 1000 main-draw debut, he scored an announcement 6-1, 6-1 win in opposition to thirty first seed and Australian Open quarter-finalist Jiri Lehecka. The three-time ATP Challenger Tour champion will face a Prime 10 opponent for the primary time in Medvedev as he seeks to additional show himself on the recreation’s highest degree.
 Taylor Fritz (USA) vs. Cristian Garin (CHI)
A shift in Fritz’s willingness to vary has sparked a breakout clay-court season for the American. Contemporary off consecutive semi-finals in Monte-Carlo and Munich, he stayed scorching in Madrid with a 7-6(11), 6-4 opening win in opposition to Christopher O’Connell on Saturday.
“It is simply understanding what I would like to vary. As a result of I’ve all the time been a believer in not likely altering your recreation an excessive amount of to go to completely different surfaces,” Fritz stated of his current success on the grime. “Because it seems for clay, I play a lot better after I do make fairly drastic modifications in the place I am standing and stuff like that. So it is nearly discovering that, discovering what works greatest for me on clay.”
After saving two set factors in a marathon first-set tie-break in opposition to Australia’s O’Connell, Fritz will now meet Garin, who grew up on clay courts and has received all 5 of his ATP Tour titles on the floor. The Chilean got here by a three-set battle in opposition to twenty seventh seed Miomir Kecmanovic within the second spherical and is in search of his third straight clay quarter-final after reaching that stage in Houston and Munich.
The lone earlier assembly between Fritz and Garin got here final 12 months within the Houston quarters, when Garin received in three units.
 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs.  Sebastian Baez (ARG)
Tsitsipas emerged victorious from maybe the perfect match of the Madrid early rounds when it comes to high quality and drama. In a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5) win in opposition to the resurgent Dominic Thiem, the Greek landed 39 straight first serves to spark his comeback and closed the win in a tie-break he described as “pure money”.
Serve + Assault ⚔️@steftsitsipas used his unreal 📈 1st Serve % to arrange his #InAttack, & his trusty FH to #Convert these probabilities 👏
Tsitsipas 52-week serve averages;
62% 1st Serves
72% 1st Serve factors received
58cm 1st Serve Accuracy #TennisInsights |@atptour | @MutuaMadridOpen pic.twitter.com/JfCvQewn6q
— Tennis Insights (@tennis_insights) April 30, 2023
After a quarter-final defeat to Fritz ended his two-year reign as Monte-Carlo champion, Tsitsipas rebounded in Barcelona by reaching the ultimate with the lack of a single set in 4 wins. He misplaced to residence favorite Carlos Alcaraz within the title match and may very well be on a collision course with the Spaniard once more in Madrid.
However first he should get previous Sebastian Baez, who snapped a three-match shedding skid with a comeback win of his personal in opposition to Marcos Giron within the opening spherical. After reaching his first three ATP Tour finals final season and claiming his maiden title in Estoril, the 22-year-old Argentine lifted his second trophy earlier this season on residence soil in Cordoba.
Tsitsipas and Baez cut up two tie-breaks of their solely earlier matchup, final 12 months within the Australian Open second spherical, earlier than the Greek closed out the win in 4 units.
Additionally In Motion…
Tiafoe rounds out the motion for Prime 10 seeds along with his match in opposition to Cachin, with the American in search of to again up his title run on the Houston clay with one other deep run on the floor in Madrid. After lacking Monte-Carlo as he recovered from his Houston run, Tiafoe was turned again by Emil Ruusuvuori in three in his Barcelona opener — a good defeat, significantly after the Finn almost knocked Alcaraz out in Madrid.
The American bought again to profitable methods with a good two-set win in opposition to Tomas Martin Etcheverry on Saturday and now faces one other Argentine within the third spherical.
Cameron Norrie, the eleventh seed, takes on Zhang Zhizhen, who upset Denis Shapovalov in a final-set tie-break to earn his second ATP Masters 1000 match win. Within the final of the seeded motion, sixteenth seed Alex de Minaur meets Aslan Karatsev, with each of these matches set for Court docket 3.
Simply three males’s doubles matches are on faucet for Monday. Defending champions and prime seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski tackle Spaniards Martin Landaluce and Roberto Carballes Baena, fifth-seeded Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic face Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, and seventh seeds Matthew Ebden and Rohan Bopanna play Marcelo Melo and Alexander Zverev.
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