ATP 250 Open 13 Finals: Daniil Medvedev v Pierre-Hugues Herbert Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Published 03/13/2021, 10:34 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Kelly Defina


It’s time for the finals of the ATP 250 Open 13 finals and World No.3 Daniil Medvedev will face Pierre-Hugues Herbert there. The expectations are clearly high as Medvedev is quite close to winning his first title of the season. On the other hand, there is Herbert who has lost just a single set and is playing some brilliant tennis at the moment.

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It’ll be intriguing to see who emerges as the winner and who bites the dust in the finale. While Daniil Medvedev has a big and deadly serve, it is the powerful forehand of Pierre-Hugues Herbert that often creates problems for his opponents.

Daniil Medvedev v Pierre-Hugues Herbert: Preview

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Medvedev entered the finals by getting a walkover in the semis. Although he was winning the match against Matthew Ebden, he didn’t have to complete the second set as Ebden suffered an unfortunate injury after the third game of that set. The Russian player has played phenomenally so far and even defeated Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the quarters.

Pierre-Hugues Herbertreacts during his second-round match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

On the other hand, Herbert gained attention from the tennis world when he knocked out Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters yesterday. Even though he lost the first set on a close tie-breaker, he made an incredible comeback and won the match. The Frenchman even defeated Japanese star Kei Nishikori in the first round of the tournament.

Medvedev will certainly prepare himself to play those cheeky drop shots of Herbert. The Frenchman just loves to play on the baseline and then delivers some unexpected drops that helps him to break the momentum of his opponents. He too will work hard on finding ways to respond to the accurate and powerful serves of Medvedev.

Daniil Medvedev v Pierre-Hugues Herbert: Head-to-Head

The two players have faced each other two times before with both winning one match each. Medvedev won the first face-off when he defeated Herbert at the Rotterdam Open 2018.

Daniil Medvedev in action during his semi-final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Their last meeting was at the French Open 2019 where Medvedev lost in spite of winning the first two sets. It was the first round of the tournament and the Frenchman showed some great fighting spirit to make a superb comeback against the Russian player.

Medvedev v Herbert: Prediction

Even though Herbert has been outstanding in the tournament so far, Medvedev will surely start as the favorite. The World No.3 player played some really exceptional tennis at the Australian Open 2021 too but lost to Novak Djokovic in the finals.

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi-final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Herbert too has a chance if he manages to put some early pressure on Medvedev. He will try to capitalize on his serve and will not want to give any space to the Russian player so that he can make room for a forehand winner.

Fans really expect a great finale tomorrow and hope that it’ll be an electrifying contest. Will Medvedev be able to take revenge on Herbert or will Herbert do the unbelievable tomorrow by defeating Medvedev?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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