Australian Open 2nd Round Prediction: Medvedev and Svitolina look to march on!

Australian Open 2021 Second Round Sportco Prediction:

  1. Daniil Medvedev vs R.Carballes Baena (Men's Singles)
  2. Elina Svitolina vs Cori Gauff (Women's Singles)

1) Daniil Medvedev vs R.Carballes Baena

Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev takes on Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round.

Medvedev defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-2 6-2 6-4 in the first round. The Russian smashed 8 aces and won 78% of his first-serve points.

On the other hand, Baena won his opener in 4 sets against Attila Balazs. The Spaniard hit 8 aces and clinched 81% of his first-serve points.

This is the first meeting between both the players.

Medvedev is in fantastic form at the moment and is on a 15-match winning streak.

"Happy that I managed to finish it fast, feeling good, let’s see how I go after", said Medvedev after his comfortable victory against Pospisil.

Baena is a clay-court specialist but has adapted his game well to hard-courts. He plays steadily from the baseline.

Medvedev lost in the 4th round of the tournament last year to Stan Wawrinka. He will be targeting a deep run this time.

The stats that will influence Medvedev's performance

Player NameDaniil Medvedev
Service Games Won85%
First Serve Points Won76.60%
Return Points Won on Second Serve55.60%
Tiebreaks Won64.10%
Break Points Saved61.60%

The numbers that Baena needs to watch out for

Player NameRoberto Carballes Baena
Service Games Won71.50%
Points Won on First Serve64.70%
First Serve62.90%
Return Points Won on Second Serve50%

Prediction - Daniil Medvedev to win in four sets

2) Elina Svitolina vs Cori Gauff

5th seed Elina Svitolina locks horns against American sensation, Cori Gauff in the second round.

Svitolina ousted Marie Bouzkova 6-3 7-6 in the first round. Gauff overcame Jil Teichmann in straight sets in 56 minutes in the opener. The American hit 3 aces, pocketed 89% of her first-serve points, and converted all her three breakpoints.

This is the first meeting between Svitolina and Gauff on the WTA Tour. 

The Ukrainian smashed 3 aces and won 69% of her first-serve points.

I don't feel any pressure, you want to do as well or even better than the year before, but I try not to think about it and just take it one match at a time, she is a great player and I know it's going to be a tough match", opined Gauff indicating her readiness to face Svitolina.

The key areas of her game that Svitolina needs to focus on

Player NameElina Svitolina
Service Games Won68.40%
Points Won on First Serve65.90%
First Serve60.40%
Return Points Won on Second Serve56.10%
Return Points Won44.60%

The crucial figures that matter for Gauff

Player NameCori Gauff
Service Games Won72.50%
Return Games Won31.30%
Points Won on First Serve68.60%
Break Points Converted55.60%
Break Points Saved56.30%

Prediction - Cori Gauff to win in three sets

So who are you rooting for?, the in-form Medvedev or the unpredictable Baena, the women's match between the experienced Svitolina and the hard-hitting Gauff can go down to the wire. Do share your predictions in the comments below.

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