WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up French Open tips for a third-round clash between Miomir Kecmanovic and Daniil Medvedev.
04:45 (AEST), Fri 28th May @ Stade de Roland Garros, Paris
History: Played 2: Alcaraz 1 V Korda 1
Last meeting: Monte-Carlo Masters, 2022 (R32): Korda d Alcaraz 7-6 6-7 6-3
Final Thoughts: Daniil Medvedev is the second seed, but he’s a modest $1.62 favourite to overcome world No.31 Miomir Kecmanovic in the French Open third round.
Just 22, Kecmanovic is one of the rising stars on the ATP Tour. He reached the fourth round of a major at this year’s Australian Open and has since reached the quarters at Indian Wells and the Miami Open.
The Serbian has opened his Roland Garros campaign with a straight-sets win over Toma Martin Etcheverry and four-set defeat of Alexander Bublik.
US Open champ Medvedev reached the French Open quarters last year – after first-round exits in his previous four visits – and was runner-up at the Australian Open in January. It’s been a rocky 2022 since his tempestuous Melbourne visit, however, with just one clay-court match (a loss to Richard Gasquet in Geneva) to prepare for the French Open.
But Medvedev has found form in Paris, comfortably accounting for Facundo Bagnis and Laslo Dere in straight sets. He’s sent down 19 aces so far.
Kecmanovic doesn’t exactly have a big catalogue of wins over top-10 players in his career to date. But he is a confident clay-court performer capable of pushing Medvedev. The value is clearly in backing Medvedev, though, given his grand slam track record and form in the opening two rounds.