4th-seed Daniil Medvedev will aim for entering the last-eight stage at the Australian Open 2021 when he takes on unseeded Mackenzie McDonald in a Round of 16 encounter. McDonald, ranked 192, is the lowest ranked survivor left in the men’s singles draw and he would be looking to continue his dream run.
- Fixture: Mackenzie McDonald vs Daniil Medvedev
- Date: 15 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 4th Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: 245,920 $ (USD)
Mackenzie McDonald vs Daniil Medvedev: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, McDonald has proved that his ranking does not justify his talent. The 25-year old American after upsetting 22nd-seed Borna Coric in the second round, had an easy outing in the third round as McDonald sailed past Lloyd Harris 7-6, 6-1, 6-4 to achieve the biggeis career till date.
On the other hand, after not even losing a set in the first two rounds, Medvedev got the first taste of stiff competition in the third round. The 24-year old Russian was cruising in the match after winning the first two sets comfortably but somehow lost the next two before making a comeback to edge past 28th-seed Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0 in a thrilling contest.
Mackenzie McDonald vs Daniil Medvedev: Head-to-Head
McDonald and Medvedev have played three matches against each other, including a qualifying match. Medvedev has won all the three matches and thus leads the head-to-head record 3-0. They last met in a Round of 16 encounter in 2019 in Barcelona, Spain where Medvedev comfortably defeated McDonald in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
Mackenzie McDonald vs Daniil Medvedev: Prediction
It is a no-brainer that Medvedev enters into this contest as favourite and there should not be any difficulty for him to reach the quarters. Meanwhile, McDonald should be very proud of his scintillating performance in Melbourne this week and therefore, should play fearlessly without thinking too much about the outcome of the match.
Match Prediction: Daniil Medvedev defeats Mackenzie McDonald comprehensively in straight sets.