Henri Laaksonen will take on Daniil Medvedev in the opening round of the Australian Open 2022 on Tuesday at 03.00pm (UK Time).
Henri Laaksonen has already played four matches on hard courts in the first two weeks of 2022 and holds a record of two victories and two defeats. The inconsistency played a vital role in the Swiss’ performance last year, but he showed signs of progress towards the end of 2021. He did well to reach the semi-finals in the Helsinki Challenger on hard courts where he lost unexpectedly against a clay specialist in the shape of Joao Sousa.
In terms of Grand Slam results, Laaksonen looked decent at the French Open 2021 and US Open 2021, reaching the third round in both, although he came in as a qualifier.
Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev is now the favourite to win the Australian Open 2022 after Novak Djokovic was sent home due to an Australian visa issue. The Russian deserves this status though, as he had an excellent year in 2021 and he looked solid in the first two weeks of 2022.
Medvedev kicked off 2022 with an unexpected loss against Ugo Humbert in the ATP Cup, but bounced back with three consecutive wins against De Minaur, Berrettini and Auger-Aliassime.
It has to be said that Medvedev has been the best performer on hard courts over the past three years, having won 46 matches and three titles only in 2021.
Henri Laaksonen v Daniil Medvedev Betting Tips and Predictions
Daniil Medvedev won his most recent match against Laaksonen in three sets. However, we can’t see anything more than a straight-set victory for the Russian here, as Laaksonen has been pretty inconsistent of late, while Medvedev has dropped just three games in his last nine matches.
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