In any case, Medvedev is rightly brimming with self-confidence. “As you can see, if I play well, I can beat some big names,” said Medvedev. “Of course it’s great for confidence when you beat everyone because I think people might start to feel a little bit in front of you to fear.”
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Opposite him, however, there is a power in Melbourne: Djokovic has reached the final in Melbourne eight times, and then won eight times – a year ago in five dramatic sentences against Thiem. If he manages all nines in Melbourne, then he has brought half of all his majors (there would be 18) “down under”.
The re is a lot of talk about the new generation that is to take over from us. But realistically, that hasn’t happened yet. With all due respect to the other fellows, they still have a lot of work to do. “
Medvedev sees pressure from Djokovic
Conversely, Medvedev also knows that the records of Roger Federer, Nadal (20 titles each) and Djokovic (17) are out of reach anyway. But chasing records is also a burden. “I don’t have a lot of pressure because he didn’t lose eight times in the final. It is he who has all the pressure, also because he wants Roger and Rafa and the Grand Slam record, ”Medvedev tries to reduce expectations.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who ultimately had no chance in the semi-finals against Medvedev on Friday, would not be surprised if the Russian won. “It could also win Medvedev, it would be good for him and good for tennis.” Changing the names in the winners’ lists would not be a mistake, according to the Greek.
Duel between the two strongest players
No matter how the final ends, it’s a worthy final for the two currently strongest players. Even before the final, Djokovic is certain that he will have another important record in around two weeks: Roger Federer’s record of a total of 310 weeks at the top of the world rankings will fall.
The 81-time title holder Djokovic already holds just under 147 million dollars in prize money alone, Medvedev surpasses the 15 million mark with Melbourne.
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