Daniil Medvedev’s form has not slowed down despite losing to Carlos Alcaraz at the Indian Wells finals as the fourth seed is into the last eight in Miami. Medvedev’s convincing win over Quentin Halys sees the former US Open champion continue to build momentum as he looks for as many wins as possible before his worst time of year on clay. Medvedev has the perfect balance between stern defence and ruthless attack as he looks to capture his fifth Masters 1000 title of his career in Miami.
Next for Medvedev is Christopher Eubanks who has had quite the tournament having qualified for the event, the American now finds himself in the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. However that may not be the best achievement of the week for Eubanks as after attempting for so long to break into the world’s top 100, the American has finally managed to achieve the feat this week. Now with confidence on his side and nothing to lose, Eubanks will look to cause another upset this week and reach the last four.
Eubanks will look to hit a high percentage of first serves in as he looks to be aggressive and neutralise the deadly return of Medvedev. Meanwhile the fourth seed will look to continue his accurate hitting from the baseline and grind the errors from Eubanks’ game. This is potentially a dangerous match for Medvedev as Eubanks has nothing to lose and everything to gain with the American expecting to have a lot of freedom in his game. However Medvedev’s quality and experience should prevail in this match as he looks for a sixth ATP semi-final of the season.
Prediction: Medvedev in three sets.
Karen Khachanov  v Francisco Cerundolo  H2H & Match Fundamentals
It was seventh time lucky for Karen Khachanov as he finally earned victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the quarter-finals in Miami. After a great start to the season in Melbourne, Khachanov’s form had faded over the last couple of months so the 14th seed will be relieved to build confidence with a deep run in Florida. Now Khachanov will to use his imposing game style to reach a semi-final at Masters 1000 level and continue his impressive level this week into the clay court season.
Next up for Khachanov is Francisco Cerundolo as the Argentinian continues his impressive streak in Miami. After reaching the semi-finals here last year, Cerundolo has defended his ranking points in style defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime and Lorenzo Sonego to reach the last eight this year. The 25th seed has an aggressive forehand with his serve allowing him to dictate the points from the baseline, forcing the errors from his opponent. Now Cerundolo looks to continue the momentum as he searches for back-to-back semi-finals in Miami.
Khachanov will look to use spin and pace to set up short balls so that he can finish off points more efficiently. Meanwhile Cerundolo is looking to use slice to mix up the tempo of the rallies and ensure he makes Khachanov feel uncomfortable on the court by using depth to the backhand. This match will be a battle between who can be the more consistent when it really matters and given conditions in Miami, Cerundolo is the most likely of the two players to achieve that.
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