Australian Open: Medvedev ripe for Grand Slam title

Australian Open: Medvedev ripe for Grand Slam title

Medvedev has had a run of 20 wins since Paris-Bercy last autumn, including 12-0 successes over top ten players, including Djokovic at the ATP finals. At the US Open it was still reserved for Dominic Thiem to be the first player of the younger generation to break the phalanx of the “Big three” at Grand Slams. Now the time seems ripe for the next part of a creeping changing of the guard.

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”.

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 The  world number one spoke appreciatively of the Russian’s winning streak, but also said: “©

 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.

Money does not play a role for Djokovic, for Medvedev only a subordinate role: ©

 The  winner receives around 1.77 million euros, the finalist around 966,000 euros. ©

 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.

Australian Open Melbourne

Novak Djokovic (SRB / 1) Daniil Medwedew (RUS / 4) -:- -:- -:-
Novak Djokovic (SRB / 1) Aslan Karazew (RUS) 6:3 6:4 6:2
Daniil Medwedew (RUS / 4) Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / 5) 6:4 6:2 7:5
Quarter-final tableau:
Novak Djokovic (SRB / 1) Alexander Zverev (GER / 6) 6:7 (6/8) 6:2 6:4 7:6 (8/6)
Aslan Karazew (RUS) Grigor Dimitrow (BUL / 18) 2:6 6:4 6:1 6:2
Daniil Medwedew (RUS / 4) Andrej Rublew (RUS/7) 7:5 6:3 6:2
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / 5) Rafael Nadal (ESP / 2) 3:6 2:6 7:6 (7/4) 6:4 7:5

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