Jan 27, 2023; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a shot against Tommy Paul of the United States on day twelve of the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Mike Frey-USA TODAY Sports
- The semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships will be played on Friday
- First seed Novak Djokovic will go up against third seed Daniil Medvedev
- Continue below for Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev odds, preview and best bet prediction
It’s a blockbuster semifinal match in Dubai and the current World No. 1 Djokovic takes on former World No. 1 Medvedev on Friday. The two are slated to take the court for the match at 10 am ET tomorrow and we have our top Djokovic vs Medvedev prediction here.
Both players will enter the match after an impressive week in the Middle East, that saw them defeat their opponents with ease as they moved through the tournament.
Take a look below for match odds and a further analysis of how each player has played this past week.
Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Odds
| Novak Djokovic
|Ov 22.5 (-122)
| Daniil Medvedev
|Un 22.5 (-110)
It’s no surprise here that Djokovic, as the No. 1 seed is the slight favorite at -215 heading into this semifinal match in the Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev odds.
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Djokovic Continues to be Perfect
With his quarterfinal win over Hubert Hurkacz, the Serb is 15-0 on the 2023 season, which is his fourth best winning streak to start a season. He went onto defeat Hurkacz 6-3, 7-5.
Novak Djokovic improves to 15-0 in 2023 and to 5-0 vs. Hubert Hurkacz, beating the recent Marseille champion (on a six matches winning streak himself) 6-3, 7-5 to reach the semifinals in Dubai. pic.twitter.com/3t4JHTWudF
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 2, 2023
Djokovic was fairly dominate out the gate. He didn’t face a single break point and managed to covert two of eight on route to the win. The 35-year old once again had a very impressive serve going. He recorded a 81 percent winning percentage when landing his first serve, and followed it up with a staggering 88 win percentage when landing his second. Despite Hurkacz’s seven aces, he didn’t come close to touching Djokovic’s serve.
This level of play is also coming after taking a bit of a break. Djokovic entered this tournament, having not competed since winning the Australian Open at the end of January. The month rest has clearly proven to have been beneficial.
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21 Points in a Row
To earn his spot in the semifinals, Medvedev went on a 21-0 run against Borna Coric to win 6-3, 6-2. With the win, he extends his winning streak to 12, and has yet to drop a set this week.
The Russian has been perfect this week, barely breaking a sweat to take down each one of his opponents. Djokovic will of course be his toughest opponent to date.
Daniil Medvedev wins the last 21 (!) points of the match to beat Borna Coric 6-3, 6-2 and reach the semifinals in Dubai against Novak Djokovic.
12 consecutive wins. Peaking.
Incredible performance today.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 2, 2023
The 27-year old is coming in hot, as he’s already collected two trophies this year alone. But is it enough to take that Djokovic in his current form?
Second Meeting of 2023
This will not only be the second meeting of 2023 already between these two, but the 14th overall career meeting. Djokovic and Medvedev first saw each other on the court in 2017, and apart from 2018, have played each other a handful of times each year since.
Djokovic has a strong 9-4 head-to-head record against Medvedev, and hasn’t allowed the Russian to win a match against him since the 2021 US Open. A memorable match, as it was the finals.
Djokovic vs Medvedev Head-to-Head Stats
Djokovic vs Medvedev Prediction
In his post-game interview, Medvedev said “when you play Novak, Novak is always the favorite.” And that’s true once again. But is it Medvedev’s time to win again? He has shown he can do it, having won four times against the Serb.
Neither player presents a weakness at this time. The two of them are two of the best players on tour, and actually play a similar game at times. Both like to dominate the baseline and enjoy a hardcourt.
It’s possible that this match will be more intense than whatever the final match will be. Regardless of the winner here, it’s going to be a match worth watching, and it’ll most likely go the distance.
Djokovic vs Medvedev Picks: Ov 2.5 sets (+118)
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