On January 18, the 2023 Australian Open’s second round will feature local favourite John Millman taking on 2021 US Open winner Daniil Medvedev.
Marcos Giron and Medvedev squared off in the opening round. The former World No. 1 delivered a bagel to win the opening set, which was entirely one-sided. The American held service to tie the second set at one, but the Russian won the next five games in a row to win the set. In the third set, Giron made a little progress, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Medvedev. He once more won the match 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 by stringing together five games in a row. The Russian had some difficulty wrapping up the match, but he was able to accomplish it after saving a few break points.
Marc-Andrea Huesler was the opponent Millman faced off against in Melbourne. A tie-break followed the opening set. Three set points were in the Australian’s favour, but his rival won by edging him out. A break of serve by Millman at the end of the second set helped him win it. The first set also seemed to be going for a tie-break. The Australian fought back and won the third game in a tie-break. In it, the Swiss prevailed to win another set. Millman battled valiantly to win the fourth set, twice breaking his rival’s serve in the process. The local hero quickly completed a 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 triumph to end the tournament.
Medvedev vs Millman Match Details
Tournament: Australian Open
Date: January 18
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Round: First round
Category: Men’s Singles
Prize Money: A$76,500,000
Medvedev vs Millman Head-to-Head Record
This will be their first encounter.
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Medvedev vs Millman Prediction
Although Millman’s counterpunching can not compare to Medvedev’s, the Australian has already pulled off a few surprising victories. He will also have the support of the audience, which may give his opponent a little trouble. The Russian has already lost his cool when fans have booed for someone else. The former US Open champion is far superior to Millman in all he does. He is a far worse server and is ineffective at all. The previous two years’ runner-up at the Australian Open, Medvedev is a formidable foe to face here. The Russian might put up a fight against Millman, but ultimately the Russian is more likely to succeed.
Prediction: Medvedev to win in straight sets
Medvedev Last three performances
- Australian Open: First round- b. Giron 6-0, 6-1, 6-2
- Adelaide International 1: Semifinal- l. Djokovic 3-6, 4-6
- Adelaide International 1: Quarterfinal- b. Khachanov 6-3, 6-3
Millman Last three performances
- Australian Open: First round- b. Huesler 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3
- Adelaide International 2: Second round- l. Davidovich Fokina 3-6, 3-6
- Adelaide International 2: First round- b. Ramos Vinolas 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(6)
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
- India – Discovery/ Tennis TV
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