Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev - Miami Open 2023

Daniil Medvedev embracing Jannik Sinner ‘challenge’ ahead of rematch

Daniil Medvedev has continued his title defence at the Miami Open, and he will now play Jannik Sinner in a rematch of last year’s final.

Medvedev beat Chilean Nicolas Jarry, 6-2 7-6(7), last night to extend his winning streak at the tournament to nine matches after winning the title last year.

This confirmed that Medvedev would be playing the aforementioned Sinner in the semi-final, in a rematch of the 2023 Miami Open final and more recently the Australian Open final.

The Miami Open final last year saw Medvedev beat Sinner in straight sets, whereas the Italian came back from two sets down in their only Grand Slam meeting in January.

Despite this, Medvedev was full of praise for Sinner after learning his semi-final opponent, “He’s playing better and better. He’s confident, some matches where you look on TV, where he’s maybe a little bit in trouble, he manages to find solutions – that’s what champions do. It’s a great challenge for me to continue improving my game – I’ll try to show my 100 percent and go for it.”

Sinner reached his third Miami Open semi-final after beating Tomas Machac in straight sets, but did not know that he would be playing Medvedev at this point.

However, the 22-year-old previewed the possibility of playing Medvedev again, “It’s going to be a very tactical match potentially, because I have to be ready if he starts off in a similar way as in Australia.

“I have to be ready and try to understand it [Medvedev’s game] before. Maybe he’s gonna change a couple of things. So let’s see. It’s going to be an interesting test for me. Hopefully, I can show some good tennis.”

Medvedev and Sinner will play their semi-final match tomorrow in Miami, as the former looks to defend a title for the first time in his career.

Inside the baseline…

This is a big win for tennis fans, as Daniil Medvedev will likely be very hungry to enact revenge from his heartbreaking Australian Open final defeat to Jannik Sinner, who has been the best player in the world in 2024. Although Medvedev beat Sinner in the Miami final last year, the Italian has to be the favourite based off their recent head-to-head history.

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Daniil Medvedev vs Jannik Sinner head-to-head

Medvedev may have the lead in the head-to-head, but Sinner has all of the most recent victories over the Russian:

Medvedev vs Sinner: 6-4

  1. Medvedev beat Sinner, 1-6 6-1 6-2 (Marseille Round of 16, 2020)
  2. Medvedev beat Sinner, 6-2 6-4 (Marseille Quarter-final, 2021)
  3. Medvedev beat Sinner, 6-0 6(5)-7 7-6(8) (ATP Finals Round-Robin, 2021)
  4. Medvedev beat Sinner, 6-4 6-2 (Vienna Quarter-final, 2022)
  5. Medvedev beat Sinner, 5-7 6-2 6-2 (Rotterdam Final, 2023)
  6. Medvedev beat Sinner, 7-5 6-3 (Miami Final, 2023)
  7. Sinner beat Medvedev, 7-6(2) 7-6(2) (Beijing Final, 2023)
  8. Sinner beat Medvedev, 7-6(7) 4-6 6-3 (Vienna Final, 2023)
  9. Sinner beat Medvedev, 6-3 6(4)-7 6-1 (ATP Finals Semi-final, 2023)
  10. Sinner beat Medvedev, 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 (Australian Open Final, 2024)

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.