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    Preview: Daniil Medvedev Bids To Finish Yannick Hanfmann’s Run In Rome | ATP Tour

    Having seen his clay-court ATP Masters 1000 runs falter within the quarter-finals in each Monte-Carlo and Madrid, World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas might be glad with nothing lower than passage to the semi-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia Thursday when he takes on Borna Coric within the characteristic evening match.

    Coric, who could make his debut within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings High 10 ought to he win the Rome title, is searching for back-to-back semi-final showings after reaching the final 4 in Madrid lower than two weeks in the past.

    Winless in Rome earlier than this yr, Daniil Medvedev will look to proceed his roll within the Italian capital when he kicks off Thursday play with a first-time assembly with German Yannick Hanfmann, who has surged 37 locations to World No. 64 through the match within the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Rankings.

    Here’s a have a look at Thursday’s two intriguing clashes on the Foro Italico.

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    [3] Daniil Medvedev vs. [Q] Yannick Hanfmann (GER)

    Medvedev’s 0-3 document in Rome coming into the occasion could have led many to low cost him as a title contender, however the 27-year-old has handed three stern exams on the Foro Italico to again up his quarter-final run in Monte-Carlo and fourth-round look in Madrid.

    Straight-sets triumphs towards Emil Ruusuvuori and Alexander Zverev both aspect of a battling three-set win towards clay-court specialist Bernabe Zapata Miralles have additional boosted Medvedev’s credentials on a floor that he has not at all times loved. Now a Tour-leading 36-5 for the season, he might be stuffed with confidence as he prepares for a maiden ATP Head2Head assembly with Hanfmann.

    Like Medvedev, nonetheless, Hanfmann has not produced a robust run in Italy out of the blue. The 31-year-old has efficiently certified for a Tour-leading six ATP Tour occasions in 2023. 5 of these tournaments have been on clay, and he went on to achieve the quarter-finals in Santiago in February earlier than a semi-final run in Houston in April.

    “I noticed somewhat little bit of [Hanfmann’s] match right this moment and I noticed his third set towards [Marco] Cecchinato. He’s enjoying nicely proper now,” mentioned Medvedev after he downed Zverev within the fourth spherical on Tuesday. “I really feel like he was already enjoying nicely, in Houston and Madrid [for example], simply not going into the ultimate or one thing like this.

    “[Here is his] breakthrough, let’s say, already within the quarter-finals from qualies, enjoying an excellent stage. So I’ve to be at my greatest to attempt to beat him.”

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    Hanfmann’s highly effective forehand was essential to his wins towards High 10 opponents Taylor Fritz (within the second spherical) and Andrey Rublev (fourth spherical) in Rome. Medvedev will doubtless supply much less incoming ball velocity to work with than these earlier opponents, nonetheless. That makes the German’s potential to generate his personal energy and strike sufficient winners previous defensive grasp Medvedev key to his probabilities of springing one other upset.

    [5] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs. [15] Borna Coric (CRO)

    After efficiently pulling double obligation in Rome, can Tsitsipas keep his momentum to achieve his third semi-final within the Italian capital?

    The Greek eradicated two house favourites on Tuesday, when he wrapped up a third-round triumph towards Lorenzo Sonego earlier than returning near midnight to defeat Lorenzo Musetti within the fourth spherical. He might want to convey his greatest once more for his quarter-final towards the fifteenth-seeded Coric, who leads 3-2 within the pair’s ATP Head2Head sequence.

    Tsitsipas will take confidence from successful his most up-to-date assembly with the Croatian on the United Cup in January. The World No. 5 has rebounded nicely on the European clay after a modest February and March by his requirements, reaching the ultimate in Barcelona and the quarter-finals in Madrid, and he’s but to drop a set as he chases his first ATP Tour title of the yr in Rome.

    Coric will intention to make use of his rock-solid baseline sport to show any inconsistencies in Tsitsipas’ ballstriking from the baseline. The 26-year-old, who turned an ATP Masters 1000 champion in Cincinnati final yr, is now 14-9 for the season after backing up his Madrid semi-final run by reaching the final eight in Rome for the primary time.

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