MIAMI, USA – Daniil Medvedev looks to capture the world number one spot in the men’s singles quarter-finals while Iga Swiatek and Naomi Osaka aim to set up a dream final when they compete in the women’s semi-final at the Miami Open.
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Daniil Medvedev  v Hubert Hurkacz  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Daniil Medvedev is now one win away from reclaiming his world number one spot after bouncing back from an early exit at Indian Wells. Medvedev has navigated his way through a tough draw and is yet to drop a set despite facing Andy Murray, Pedro Martinez and Jenson Brooksby in the tournament so far. Medvedev’s impressive defensive play mixed with aggression now sees him the favourite to claim a fifth masters 1000 title of his career.
However standing in Medvedev’s way is defending champion Hubert Hurkacz, who despite defending his first masters 1000 title of his career has not been phased by the status and has looked convincing in his previous three matches. A gutsy victory over Aslan Karatsev showed his champion’s qualities and now looks to repeat his feat at Wimbledon and beat Medvedev to reach the semi-finals.
This should be an intriguing tactical battle with Medvedev’s aggressive defensive game up against Hurkacz’s unique baseline game that can see him finish points off at the net. The Pole will look to be unpredictable and disrupt the Russian’s rhythm while Medvedev will look to put Hurkacz off by preventing him from coming into the net. Should Medvedev play his best tennis then he should make the last four but it will be a tight contest and could be one of the matches of the tournament.
Prediction: Medvedev in three sets.
Iga Swiatek  v Jessica Pegula  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Iga Swiatek continued her impressive form in the last eight by only dropping six games against Petra Kvitova as she continues to prove why she is a more than worthy world number one. Now the Pole has her sights set on the sunshine double and with an electric game filled with defensive variety as well attacking intent, Swiatek will be hard to stop in Miami this week.
Standing in Swiatek’s way is Jessica Pegula with the American having a lot of energy saved up with her last two matches ending in retirements from the opponent. However Pegula will be determined to prove her place in the final with another good performance as the 16th seed always seems to bring a high level of consistency and power when it comes to the latter stages of tournaments.
Pegula won their last meeting but the Pole is a completely different player now in comparison to their last meeting and Swiatek has all the confidence to play her game to the highest level without worrying how the American will play. Pegula is the type of player that can frustrate an opponent but for the American to do anything more than that would take an exceptional high level of performance.
Belinda Bencic has returned to resurgent form in Miami and that showed in her quarter-final when she lost just three games against Daria Saville.The Olympic champion can beat any player on her day and when confident can crush the ball towards all angles and now looks to win a landmark title in Miami heading into the clay court season.
However if Bencic wants to contest the final she will have to beat an in-form Naomi Osakawho thrashed Danielle Collins in her quarter-final clash. The three-time grand slam champion seems motivated once again having plummeted down the rankings and has produced some scintillating tennis this week. Now Osaka looks to overcome one of her worst match-ups on the tour and be back in a WTA final.
Bencic has the psychological advantage heading into this clash having beaten her in three of their four matches having won on some of the biggest stages. However Osaka’s form this week looks a grand slam winning one and with Bencic’s defensive skills still to be proven it’s hard to see Osaka letting this match slip from her grasp.
Prediction: Osaka in three sets.
Carlos Alcaraz  v Miomir Kecmanovic H2H & Match Fundamentals
Carlos Alcarazkeeps on proving why he is the real deal with the talented Spaniard producing a world-class performance to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas and reach the last four. Alcaraz has proven with his power, variety and all-round game that he can take on the very best on any surface. Now Alcaraz looks to solidify his status among the best and reach a masters 1000 semi-final.
Standing in Alcaraz’s way of a semi-final is Miomir Kecmanovic who is another player who has been in-form. The Serbian has already beaten Felix Auger-Aliassime,Sebastian Korda and Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz to reach the quarter-finals and has produced consistently high-level tennis with shots producing power and depth to punish his opponents. Now the Serb has his eyes set on the last four in Miami.
Kecmanovic has already proven he can neutralise the most powerful of players and will need to be at his very beast to out-think and out-power Alcaraz. The Spaniard’s form was too much for Tsitsipas and it’s expected it will be too much here as he looks to reach the last four in Miami and who knows he may even win the title.
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