World number five Daniil Medvedev faces the 84th-ranked Roberto Carballés Baena in the second round of the 2023 ATP Miami Masters on Saturday, March 25. Get the live streaming options of this Daniil Medvedev v Roberto Carballés Baena match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Roberto Carballés Baena Head to Head
There has been one previous meeting between these two which came at the 2021 Australian Open where Medvedev had won in straight sets.
Medvedev Returns from Rare Loss
Medvedev enters his second round match against Spanish opponent with 19 wins and one defeat under his belt. The Russian, who fell one match short of winning his fourth tournament on the bounce, will now hope to resume that run here in Miami.
Despite his perpetual complaints about the slowness of the surface in the Indian Wells Masters over the past two weeks, Medvedev found a way to keep winning and reached the final of the tournament.
On his way he overcame Alexander Zverev and Frances Tiafoe as well before Carlos Alcaraz finally defeated him in the title-decider, ending his winning streak that had last 19 matches.
Medvedev might not find a lot of respite when it comes to the speed of the surface, with the Miami Open courts also expected to play like those in Indian Wells. Which is why his experience of winning five matches in a row there will come handy.
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Carballés Baena Aided by Zapata Miralles Injury
It was a match and a result that Bernabe Zapata Miralles would love to forget in a hurry. Carballes Baena took advantage of Zapata Miralles’ poor form and fitness struggles to race off to a 6-0, 3-0 lead in 49 minutes before his opponent retired from the match because of injury.
As a result Carballes Baena will now feature in the second round of the Miami Open for only the second time in his career. This was also only Carballes Baena’s fourth win of the season.
Carballes Baena had come into the match on the back of three successive losses and was reeling at three wins and eight defeats in the season. Which is also why he was a 11/10 underdog entering the encounter but overturned that to carve out the win.
Can he put up a semblance of a fight against the in-form Medvedev?
Medvedev v Carballés Baena Prediction and Tip
Medvedev’s solidity this season should be good enough for him to come through in straight sets. No worse than a 6-3, 6-3 win.
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