Medvedev vs Ivashka: prediction for the Halle Open match
Daniil Medvedev has started his Halle Open campaign with a confident victory over David Goffin. The Russian athlete surrended only five games in the opening match (6-3, 6-2). Last week, Medvedev suffered an upsetting defeat in the final of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships - he lost in straight sets to the world No. 225 Tim van Rijthoven (4-6, 1-6).
Ilya Ivashka overcame Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the current tournament. He dropped the first set and won the last one on a tie-break (3-6, 6-3, 7-6). Last week, Ivashka also participated in the tournament in 's-Hertogenbosch - in the quarterfinal, he lost to Daniil Medvedev (6-7, 4-6). The Belarusian tennis player won 76% of his first serves in that match and had two out of three break points.
Medvedev has played 1 tie-break in his last 5 matches.
In 3 of Ivashka's last 5 matches, fewer than 9.5 games were played in the first set.
The opponents have met last week, and it was a close match. Medvedev is a strong favorite, but Ivashka is in good form and will put up a fight, creating problems for the Russian. We will be backing the underdog here.
Our prediction - handicap(+4.5) to Ivashka
In fact, all six of their previous meetings were close. We believe that Ivashka and Medvedev will have another long battle and suggest taking the over - this definitely won't be an easy win for Medvedev.
Second bet - total over 21 games