Despite playing some good tennis and gaining important wins, Stefanos Tsitsipas will enter Roland Garros without a clay court title as it stands. The Greek has failed to be consistent when it really matters with injuries and lack of confidence being important factors in not delivering like he would have wanted. However Tsitsipas will look to put that right in the Italian capital as he aims to go one step further than last year to win his third Masters 1000 title of his career.
Standing in Tsitsipas’s way is in-form Croatian Borna Coricwho is looking to make his second consecutive Masters 1000 semi-final on clay. Coric had also been struggling with form and injuries before Madrid but the 15th seed has produced some stunning tennis to win seven of his last eight matches on clay. Now the world number 16 looks to continue his red-hot form and produce the biggest win of his clay court season to go one step closer to reaching a second Masters 1000 final.
Tsitsipas will look to serve with accuracy and tactical awareness as he will look to be aggressive and put Coric on the back foot. Meanwhile the Croatian will look to use his all-round baseline game to force Tsitsipas into errors and transition into an effective counter-attacking game. This will be a competitive match with both players seeing this as an important match in their season but Coric’s recent confidence should give him the slight edge in this match.
Prediction: Coric in three sets.
Daniil Medvedev  v Yannick Hanfmann [Q] H2H & Match Fundamentals
Daniil Medvedev’s confidence on hard courts has translated on clay courts as he sealed his second consecutive victory over Alexander Zverev to reach the Rome quarter-finals. Medvedev has often vented his frustration and anger at playing on clay however the third seed has played consistently well this season with minimal fuss. Now Medvedev looks to continue his confident tennis and seal a place in the semi-finals in Rome for the first time in his career.
Next for Medvedev is surprise quarter-finalist Yannick Hanfmann who qualified for the event and has now won four main draw matches to get to the last eight. The German has had a stunning week beating the likes of Nicolas Jarry, Taylor Fritz and Andrey Rublev to get to the quarter-finals with Hanfmann bringing his powerful baseline game to the clay courts of Rome against some of the best players in the world. Now the world number 101 looks to beat another top ten player and reach the semi-finals in Rome as he looks to continue to elevate his ranking.
Medvedev will be looking to serve more consistently against the powerful returning of Hanfmann as he looks for deep baseline shots to force errors from Hanfmann. Meanwhile the German will look to be aggressive with his forehand and set the tempo of the match by dictating the tempo of the match and neutralising Medvedev’s defensive game. This should be a good match but Medvedev’s counter-attacking qualities should be enough to see him into the last four.
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