by Nikolaus Fink
last edit: Feb 20, 2021, 8:16 pm
21. This is the number that has a very special meaning at the Australian Open this year – not only for Rafael Nadal, who won his 21st Grand Slam title with a triumph in Melbourne and Roger Federer in the eternal Leaderboard would have overtaken.
For Naomi Osaka and Daniil Medvedev, too, this number developed into an extremely special one in the course of the Australian Open. Both had traveled en suite to Australia – with the exception of two cancellations due to injuries by the Japanese – with 14 successes, both the 23-year-old and her two-year-old counterpart in the men held 20 wins in a row before their respective finals.
Medvedev beats the best
The Russian’s winning streak is sometimes even more impressive than that of Osaka: While the four-time Grand Slam winner did not face a single top ten player, the 25-year-old had to compete with opponents from this region of the world rankings a proud twelve times. And just as often left the square as a triumphant.
Except for the long-term injured Roger Federer, Medvedev won at least one victory against every top ten player in the course of his run of success. “It’s just great for self-confidence when you beat everyone. Because I think people are starting to be a little scared of you,” said the Russian.
Djokovic still without a final defeat in Melbourne
The Russian is a “chess player” on the tennis court and moves extremely well for his size, according to the Serb
In addition, Medvedev, who would advance to second place in the world rankings in a tournament victory, won three of the last four duels with Djokovic. Overall, the 17-time Grand Slam winner still leads 4: 3 in a direct comparison, but the experience from previous meetings would certainly suit Medvedev: “
The se small details give me the chance to be the winner on Sunday “. And thus to catch up with Naomi Osaka.
Here is the men’s individual tableau at the Australian Open