“A Hell Of A Player”: Daniil Medvedev Talks Ahead of Roberto Bautista Agut Clash at Miami Open 2021


Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

Bidding for the 4th ATP Masters 1000 title of his career, World No.2 Daniil Medvedev stormed into the quarter-final at the Miami Open for the first time following a straight-sets(6-4, 6-3) win over host Frances Tiafoe.

Having tested by Alexei Popyrin in the thriller three-setter a couple of days ago, a 25-year-old from Russia, who is the No.1 seed for the first time in a Masters event, landed 11 aces and won 78% first-serve points against American to register his 17th victory of this season.  

And Medvedev leads Tiafoe 4-0 in their head-to-head series. “To“It was definitely a tough match. (There were) a lot of great points, some of them he won, some of them I won… The serve helped me a lot today, especially in the second set,” ATP Finals Reigning Champions said in the post-match press conference. 

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“I Don’t Really Care About ATP Head2Head”: Daniil Medvedev on Facing Bautista Agut 

Medvedev will now lock horns with No.7 seed Roberto Bautista Agut for a semifinal berth at the Grandstand. The Spaniard leads Russian 2-0 in their head-to-head record. World No.12 ousted the most significant server of the men’s game John Isner in the three sets to reserve his quarterfinal spot in Miami. 

When asking about his upcoming battle, Medvedev explained, “I don’t really care about ATP Head2Head, because it is always a new match. We saw some with Roger when he is like 15-0 against someone, and the guy finally gets a win in maybe an important match.”

“I am just looking forward to tomorrow. Roberto is a hell of a player. I feel like sometimes when I have practised with him and played against him, that his Ranking should be higher. There are reasons why it is not, and I am going to try to do something with it tomorrow,” the 2021 Open 13 Provence title winner added.

Notably, Bautista Agut claimed a set down win against Medvedev in their last meeting at the 2020 Western and Southern Open. 

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