Van De Zandschulp vs Medvedev: prediction for the Australian Open match
Botic van de Zandschulp
Botic Van De Zandshulp was lucky with the draw so far. In the first round, the representative of the Netherlands did not leave a chance to Jan-Lennard Struff (6:4, 6:3, 6:2). His second opponent, Richard Gasquet, withdrew from the match. Van De Zandshulp has significantly improved his last year's result at the Australian Open: in 2021, he lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the first round match.
Last season, Daniil Medvedev was the runner-up at the Australian Open. In the final match, he lost to Novak Djokovic in three straight sets. This year Medvedev is one of the favourite to win the trophy, and so far he has looked very confident in his matches. The Russian outplayed Henri Laaksonen (6:1, 6:4, 7:6) before defeating Nick Kyrgios (7:6, 6:4, 4:6, 6:2).
In 4 of the last 6 matches of the Dutch athlete, there were no tie-breaks.
At least 10 games were played in the first set in 4 of Medvedev's last 6 matches.
We doubt that Van De Zandschulp can put up a fight against Medvedev. The Russian is too good now and should get the upper hand in the upcoming match.
Our prediction - handicap (-8) to Medvedev
Last season, Medvedev won most of his matches in three sets. We are expecting something similar this time around. Medvedev has a huge class advantage and should close his opponent in straight sets.
Second wager - total under 31.5 games