ATP Finals 2023: Unbeaten Daniil Medvedev takes on Carlos Alcaraz for top spot
This is Spaniard’s maiden appearance in the competition.
Carlos Alcaraz, the World No. 2, is debuting at the Nitto ATP Finals 2023. He qualified last year for the competition but later withdrew due to an abdominal injury. Of his two round-robin matches so far, the Spaniard has won and lost a match each. The former world no. 1 will be looking to make up lost ground in the final group stage encounter.
On the other hand, Daniil Medvedev won the Nitto ATP Finals in 2020 and was a finalist in the following edition. He has a cushion of winning winning both the group stage matches and has also become the first men’s singles player to qualify for the semifinals.
Daniil Medvedev vs Carlos Alcaraz preview
Carlos Alcaraz’s fortunes at the year-ending Nitto ATP Finals 2023 has been a mixed bag. He lost the first round-robin match to Alexander Zverev in three sets after winning the first set in a tiebreak, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4. The Spaniard rebounded with a win against Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 6-2, ending the Russian’s hopes of progressing to the semifinals.
The 20-year-old has won six titles this year but has failed to win any title without since Wimbledon Championships. The Spaniard’s form has experienced a dip since losing in the Cincinnati Masters summit clash to Novak Djokovic.
Meanwhile, Medvedev is in red-hot form, having got the better of Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev in straight sets to lead the Red Group with two wins from as many matches. The third-seed Russian has won five tour titles to Alcaraz’s six. Like Alcaraz, he has gone without a title win since the ATP Masters event in Rome.
The Russian suffered a setback at the Paris Masters event previously, losing in the opening round to the eventual tournament runner-up, Grigor Dimitrov. Medvedev also reached the finals of the China Open and Vienna Open but failed to lay his hands on the trophy, losing both the titles to Italy’s Jannik Sinner.
Matches Played – 4
Carlos Alcaraz – 2
Daniil Medvedev – 2
Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz have played each other on four different occasions. The first time was at Wimbledon 2021 in the round of 64, which Medvedev comfortably won in straight sets. The next time the pair met was in 2023, the finals of the ATP Masters at Indian Wells, followed by the Wimbledon semifinals, with Alcaraz coming through both times in straight sets.
The most recent clash was during the US Open 2023 semifinals, which went in Medvedev’s favour in four sets.
Where and how to watch live streaming and TV broadcast of the Daniil Medvedev vs Carlos Alcaraz, ATP Finals 2023, face-off in India?
Tennis enthusiasts from India eager to catch the Carlos Alcaraz vs. Daniil Medvedev showdown in the ATP Finals 2023 group stage can tune into action on Sony Ten 2 & Sony Ten 5 SD/HD channels. Alternatively, fans looking to livestream the match via the Sony LIV app or website.
The upcoming Nitto ATP Finals 2023 fixture between Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz will be the fifth time they find each other across the net. The Spaniard will be looking to reverse the 2023 US Open semifinals result and turn the tables on Medvedev.
While Medvedev appears to have the momentum heading into the clash with Alcaraz, the two are evenly poised. Should the World No. 3 win, he will have won all his round-robin matches and await his opponent in the semifinals, as he has already qualified. It will be a must-win encounter for Alcaraz, as a loss could mean potential elimination from the prestigious event.
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