Daniil Medvedev continues his attempt to return to the US Open final on Saturday, taking on wildcard Jeffrey John Wolf for a spot in the fourth round. The Russian will be eager for a good run this fortnight having been fairly disappointing pre-lockdown by the standards he had set at the end of 2019.
Wolf’s transition from No.1 college player to professional tennis has been fairly smooth with the American on his way to the top 100 sooner rather than later. He added two more Challenger Tour titles in 2020 to move to five and is now in the third round of a slam in his first main draw. An impressive win over Guido Pella was followed up with a more routine one against Roberto Carballes Baena in the second.
Medvedev’s opening two matches have been straight forward with the Russian not dropping serve in his first two matches. He broke four times against Christopher O’Connell in a weather delayed 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory. “The biggest positive is that I won in three sets. Late match, so I didn’t want to finish too late,” Medvedev said. “Great level [and] he’s not an easy opponent… I’m happy with my perfomance to go through.”
Medvedev has been serving very well but also remains impressively consistent at the baseline for a player as tall he is. It should be a good matchup for him against an aggressive player in the traditional American sense of big serve and forehand. It would have been very interesting if this match had been played in front of a full and vocal crowd, something that Wolf and other Americans will lose as an advantage this fortnight.
Prediction – Daniil Medvedev in straight sets