Daniil Medvedev vs Taylor Fritz Odds & Prediction

Daniil Medvedev vs Taylor Fritz Odds & Prediction

Daniil Medvedev backhand

Aug 18, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) returns a shot during his match against Denis Shapovalov (CAN) at the Western & Southern Open at the at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Daniil Medvedev takes on No. 13 Taylor Fritz for a spot in the Western & Southern Open semifinals
The match, scheduled for Friday, Aug 19 at 1pm ET, is the first meeting between the two
Medvedev is the favorite; we break down the matchup and make a prediction

So far during this North American summer hard-court swing, the higher-ranked players have been falling with some regularity.

But so far in Cincinnati, there has been some semblance of form. And No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev is into the final eight, favoured to defeat No. 11 seed Taylor Fritz.

Medvedev vs Fritz Odds

Player
Spread
Moneyline
Total
[1] Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
-2.5 (-104)
-195
O 22.5 (-129)
[11] Taylor Fritz (USA)
+2.5 (-122)
+155
U 22.5 (+102)

Odds as of Aug. 18 at Barstool Sportsbook. Use this Barstool Sportsbook promo code to bet on the Western & Southern Open

Medvedev Survives Shapovalov Surge

In the round of 16 on Thursday, Medvedev faced unseeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who has all the skills in the world but has been struggling mightily over the last many months.

Shapovalov, who pulled off a comeback win against the in-form Tommy Paul the previous day, stayed right with the world No. 1 – until the business end of both sets.

Medvedev ended up winning 7-5, 7-5. But he probably doesn’t feel particularly gratified or energized by that win, which was a struggle.

Medvedev vs Fritz Head-to-Head

26 (Feb. 11, 1996)
Age
24 (Oct. 28, 1997)
Moscow, Russia
Birthplace
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
6-6
Height
5-5
14
Career ATP Singles Titles
3
No. 1 (Feb. 28, 2022)
Career High Ranking
No. 12 (July 25, 2022)
No. 1
Current Ranking
No. 13
$24,319,540
Career Prize Money
$8,299,485
33-11
2022 Won/Loss record
35-13
0
Career Head to Head
0

Fritz’s Banner Season Continues

Fritz’s won-loss record on the season is nearly identical to that of Medvedev. And after reaching his career high just a few weeks ago, he continues with his solid play.

Only the versatile Dan Evans, who beat him on a retirement in Washington, D.C. and in the third round in Montreal, has had his number.

He took care of Nick Kyrgios in short order. And then he dismissed No. 6 seed Andrey Rublev, in not very short order Thursday.

Fritz edged out the Russian 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5 in  over 2.5 hours. Surprisingly, he was out-aced by Rublev. But he saved all six break points on his own serve.

“A lot of things are clicking”: Taylor Fritz moves swiftly past Nick Kyrgios in Cincinnati https://t.co/e2gRQepnsw

— John Gegner (@Orange_Deuce) August 18, 2022

The only rally category in which Rublev had the upper hand against Fritz was the one with rallies lasting at least 10 shots. And even then, just barely.

The vast majority of the points (159-of-223) lasted less than five shots.

That is not going to be the case against Medvedev on Friday.

As an example, in Medvedev’s opening win over Botic Van de Zandschulp, just over half the points lasted fewer than five shots.

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Medvedev Betting Outlook

The two, somewhat surprisingly, have never met before.

But Medvedev is a long way from taking Fritz for granted, because he knows how dangerous he can be.

“He’s a Masters champion – he’s an amazing player.” @DaniilMedwed looks ahead to facing @Taylor_Fritz97 in a mouthwatering quarter-final at #CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/BGPYU9gLYD

— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 18, 2022

Will Fritz attempt to gain territorial advantage over Medvedev’s deep return position by trying some serve and volley?

He’s probably seen the scouting. But he’s not overly adept at that.

Fritz needs to control as many points as he can, if he hopes to win. because Medvedev is a much better mover. And if he gets Fritz on the run, he’ll have the edge every time.

At the same time, Fritz has been winning a lot this year. And even against players who are better on paper than he is.

Fritz’s Return Not Top-10 Calibre

Notably, though, while Fritz sits at No. 19 in return rating on the ATP Tour the last 52 weeks against top 20 players (versus No. 39 overall against all opponents), he’s not even in the top 65 when facing top 10 players.

He’s 12-26 overall vs top-10 players in his career. That said, he’s 6-5 over the last 52 weeks, with wins over Berrettini, Zverev, Rublev (three times), and Nadal, in the Indian Wells final.

Fritz will find a Medvedev who is starting to round into form after the enforced layoff during Wimbledon.

And they’ll be playing in heat and 50% humidity, which ended badly for Fritz in D.C., where he was forced to retire.

Medvedev is likely to outlast him, somehow. But Fritz’s form indicates a battle.

Best Bet: Medvedev in three sets (+295)

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Stephanie Myles

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Stephanie gets the straight dope from the tennis insiders. On court, she has represented her country internationally. A BA in journalism led to years on the MLB beat and a decade covering tennis globally. She’s written for Postmedia, the Guardian, the New York Times and also publishes OpenCourt.ca.

MLB
NHL
Tennis

Stephanie gets the straight dope from the tennis insiders. On court, she has represented her country internationally. A BA in journalism led to years on the MLB beat and a decade covering tennis globally. She’s written for Postmedia, the Guardian, the New York Times and also publishes OpenCourt.ca.

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