Medvedev started the tournament in Rotterdam with a 3-set match against Davidovich Fokin, but in the next two matches the world’s 11th rocket did not lose a set, eliminating van de Zandshulp and Auger-Aliassime, still the reigning champion of the competition in the Netherlands. We bet on Medvedev’s victory over Auger-Aliassime, but we expected the match to be tighter. Felix stands out with a strong throw, but yesterday the Canadian put the ball into play, as they say, it did not go. As a result, the fight lasted only one hour and 23 minutes, Daniel won it with a score of 6:2, 6:4. Over the course of the match, Medvedev threw four times with two double faults, scoring 73% on the first serve and 68% on the second. Return stats: 22%/67%, win/free stats 12/5. Note the extremely low number of unforced errors in Daniel. It is also worth adding that if he wins on Saturday, Medvedev will move up to the top 10 of the ATP rankings. And if he wins the tournament, Medvedev will become the eighth racket in the world.

Rotterdam is Dimitrov’s first tournament since the Australian Open where Grigor lost in the third round to Novak Djokovic. Grigor confidently defeated Aslan Karatsev and Hubert Gurkach in straight sets. In the quarter-finals, the Bulgarian had to lose to the Australian Alex De Minaur. The match with Alex turned out to be long, it lasted two hours and 36 minutes, in the third set the guys played a tie-break won by Grigor with the score 8:6. Dimitrov’s stats in this match are 6/3 aces/doubles, 82%/53% serving, 31%/48% tackling, 27/19 winners/executors while Alex had a negative 21/30.

Tennis player Rating Total number of matches in 2023 wins failures
Daniil Medvedev eleven 10 8 2
Grigor Dimitrov 8 8 6 2

Daniil and Grigor played six matches against each other, 4:2 in favor of Medvedev. It is worth noting that both victories of the Bulgarian were in a stubborn fight, in three sets, and when Medvedev won, Grigor did not win a single game. The guys played one match on grass, he stayed behind Dimitrov and five on hard. We met only once in Indura, in the semi-final of the Vienna tournament in 2022 – Daniil won 6:4, 6:2.

We are waiting for a fierce but 2-set match. Again, if Medvedev beat Dimitrov, it was only to nil in straight sets. Grigor is already in good shape and if he got to another part of the stake, the Bulgarian would definitely become a finalist in the tournament in Rotterdam. But Grigor was unlucky at the semi-final stage, crossing with Daniil. Medvedev feels comfortable in Induras, once a Russian won the Paris championship and the final. Besides, Daniil not so long ago, less than half a year ago, confidently beat Dimitrov on the indura in Vienna. We believe that Medvedev will win in two matches, but let’s repeat, the match will be tight, we will not be surprised by at least one tie-break.

The main prediction is an exact score of 2-0 for 1.68