Australian Open Day 1 predictions including Daniil Medvedev vs Marcus Giron

Daniil Medvedev, twice consecutive finalist in the Australian Open Championship He will start his 2023 tournament against Marcus Geron. we have Predictions for every 1 match day In men’s and women’s singles at the Australian Open and full coverage of the tournament.

Daniil Medvedev vs. Marcus Geron

Damien Coste: We should get a lot of entertaining rallying here and it’s likely to be a match where we’ll say Geron played well, but the result won’t reflect that. The American does not have enough weapons to consistently win points over Medvedev, but he will give some highlights. Medvedev at 3

Shane Black: I think Daniil Medvedev is a guy on a mission in Melbourne. Marcos Giron doesn’t have the guns for him, as the No. 7 seed must sail. Medvedev at 3

Jakub Bobro: With Nadal out of form and having to take on Draper, Medvedev could have a nice path to the semifinals that could start here. Geron did too well to become a regular on the main tour, but taking Medvedev out here would be a huge surprise from the Americans. Medvedev at 3

Thiago Montero vs Constant Lestian

Damien: Lestienne made it to the semi-finals in Auckland, but after two crazy matches and eventually ended up withdrawing. In theory, he’s the best player on hard court, but that kind of seems like a potential place to pitch to Montero, who may not enjoy the surface very much, but always gets you beat. Montero at 5

Sheen: Even in losing to Matteo Berrettini and Casper Rudd, I loved what I saw from Thiago Monteiro to start the season. He is finding more comfort on hard courts and should feel confident, after beating Constant Lestienne in 2019. Montero at 4

Jakub: After eliminating the Challenge Tour last season, Lestienne has direct entry now. There are question marks surrounding the Frenchman despite his withdrawal ahead of the semi-final clash in Auckland against Richard Gasquet. If Lestienne is fit, he should beat Monteiro on hard court. Lestienne at 4

Ernesto Escobedo vs. Taro Daniel

Damien: Escobedo had a disastrous second half of 2022, but found his groove a bit in the playoffs draw. Especially in the last round, his foot movements suddenly became more dynamic like in the old days. If he could hit those classic inside-out forehands, he’d have every chance of causing the slight upset here. Escobedo at 5

SHINE: Ernesto Escobedo made it through without dropping a set. I like his current form and think he can dictate how the match goes against Taro Daniel. Escobedo at 4

Jacob: Beginning to qualify as an American and finishing representing Mexico, Escobedo surprised in Melbourne in more ways than one. The Mexican has found little form over the past 12 months, but has put in a really good performance to claim the main tie position. Now that he’s on the run, Daniel could be another victim. Escobedo at 4

Federico Correa vs. Marton Vosovic

Damien: That should be pretty obvious on the hard court. Fucsovics’ rating dropped last year, but he’s regained plenty of confidence with his deep Challenger runs, including the title in a very stacked event in Canberra this month. Coria just doesn’t have the right kit to play well in faster conditions. Fucsovics at 3

Shin: Federico Correa is 1-4 to start the 2023 season. He’s never been so comfortable on hard court. Martin Fucovich won the Challenger title in Canberra last week and should feel very confident in his game. Fucsovics at 3

Jakub: Fucsovics dropped to Challenger level at the end of last season and found form, returning to the top 100 and continuing into the new year as he lifted the title in the stacked Challenger in Canberra. Korea are one of the easiest opponents you could hope for in this draw, and don’t offer much of a challenge outside of clay. Fucsovics at 3

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