Daniil Medvedev extends statistically perfect Slam streak and rides ‘lucky number’
Apparently, when Daniil Medvedev gets in front at the start of a hard court Grand Slam match, he does not lose, and that did not change against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open semi-finals.
The world number two came through some tough moments in his battle with the Greek star but eventually won in four sets 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Medvedev has been a force of nature at the Australian Open and during his US Open title run in September, demonstrating his prowess on hard courts in particular.
In fact, the Russian has a specific record that shows his strength when up in a hard court Slam match.
Across his 11 combined main draw appearances at the US Open and Australian Open, Medvedev has a win-loss record of 39-9.
Over those 48 matches, Medvedev has won the first set 37 times. Of those 37 matches, the New York champion has a perfect win-loss record of 37-0.
In less of a streak and more of an anomalous pattern, Medvedev may have found a lucky number while in Melbourne, as pointed out by this tweet.
Medvedev faced a match point v Auger-Aliassime yesterday and served a 213km/h serve out wide.
Down 4-5 in the tiebreak? 213km/h down the T.
Unreturned and won the next two points.
… his lucky number? 🇷🇺
— Jack Edward (@ontheline_jack) January 28, 2022
Given his record in hard court Slam matches when winning the first set, Medvedev will be hoping to get out to an early lead over 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday.
On the other hand, the Russian will hope he does not need to ride the fortune of ‘lucky number 213’, but a big serve at that speed could come in handy for him in a tight moment.
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