Daniil Medvedev vs Nuno Borges Australian Open Tennis Prediction and Pick 1/22/24
Daniil Medvedev vs Nuno Borges
Jan 22, 2024
Daniil Medvedev -1429 / Nuno Borges +1400 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Third seed Daniil Medvedev will face one of the surprise packages of the 2024 Australian Open in Nuno Borges in the fourth round. The match will be played on Monday, January 22, 2024. Here's our Medvedev vs Borges prediction.
Medvedev has had a rollercoaster first week at the 2024 Australian Open. Still, on the bright side, he avoided being the big-name casualty to exit the tournament early for the second year in a row. The Russian evaded the shackles of Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round, fighting back from two sets to love down and winning in five sets. The match finished past 3 am in the morning local time, but not that the Russan complained. Medvedev was back on the court less than 48 hours later to stamp his authority, as he dismissed Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Contrary to pre-tournament projections, Medvedev will face an unfamiliar name in the fourth round.
Nuno Borges became the first Portuguese player in history to reach the second week of the Australian Open. And he has defied all the odds to be in this privileged position. Borges was knocked out by Lorenzo Sonego in the first round at last year's tournament but quickly got off the mark last week, beating Maximilian Marterer in straight sets. But not many people picked him to progress beyond that. Borges has accounted for two seeds departing Melbourne a lot sooner than him. He stunned Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Grigor Dimitrov in back-to-back matches to reach the fourth round. Whatever he gets from this stage should probably count as bonus points for the 26-year-old.
Daniil Medvedev vs Nuno Borges prediction
Daniil Medvedev has never faced Nuno Borges at any level, so this will be their first career meeting. Medvedev was given a second life at this year's Australian Open after narrowly surviving in his second-round match. The Russian has gotten better, playing with a lot of solidity in his baseline game. Borges even surprised himself to get to this stage, uncharted waters for him. He doesn't have much to lose, so he might be looking to swing freely because that's one way to outsmart Medvedev, who is an absolute rock in baseline rallies. But with that said, it is highly unlikely Borges will bring the same level and energy he demonstrated in winning his past two matches, so it would be wise to side with the third seed, and we're taking the games spread.