Record winner against the player of the hour
Representative of the outstanding trio of the older generation against the aspiring successor
The affiche of the men’s final at the “Happy Slam” can be most pointedly described with these two comparisons.
- On the one hand Novak Djokovic. World number 1, Serbian, 33-year-old: With 8 titles since 2008, the record champion at the Australian Open. Never had to leave the pitch as a loser in the final.
- On the other hand Daniil Medvedev. World number 4, Russian, 25-year-old: unbeaten since the quarter-finals last October (against Kevin Anderson). It currently has 20 wins in a row and 12 successes de suite across the seasons across top 10 representatives.
The two meet for the 8th time on the ATP tour.
In a direct comparison, the Russian challenger is just 3: 4 behind. He beat the 17-time Grand Slam winner in the last comparison in London on his way to triumph in the group stage of the ATP Finals 2020 (6: 3, 6: 3 without discussion).
«Nole» went through a quick healing «down under» after initial abdominal muscle problems. He heats up the final duel in his usual provocative way with teasing. He is convinced that the younger generation still has work ahead of them. And he will not just leave the victories to the advancing guard.
Djokovic has already been declared the winner
The sponsor head congratulated the Serbian record winner on his 9th triumph in Melbourne in an advertising mail. Tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg made via Twitter attention to the faux pas (see below). “Congratulations Novak”, it said in the letter that prematurely celebrated the “Djoker”.
The mistake was apparently quickly noticed, because a correction quickly followed: «Oops – we were too early. What we wanted to say …: Good luck in the 2021 Australian Open final, Novak. “
Will Medvedev crack Djokovic’s age mark?
Medvedev, who understands mind games on the pitch just as much as the Serb, counters: “Even without these words, I’m pretty motivated. Because I would say winning a Grand Slam – especially against someone like Novak – is a huge motivation. I don’t think there’s anything that can make it any bigger. ”
In his first and so far only major final, the 25-year-old lost to Rafael Nadal at the US Open in 2019. In the meantime, he had corrected a 0: 2 set deficit against the Mallorcan (5: 7, 3: 6, 7: 5, 6: 4, 4: 6). In the meantime he was able to gain further experience at 4 additional Grand Slam tournaments.
Medvedev could make himself the youngest Grand Slam winner since January 2012 in the Australian metropolis on Sunday at the age of 25, 1 week and 3 days. At that time Djokovic had won his 3rd title on the Yarra River and was 24 years and 8 months old.
Men’s final live on SRF
Watch the men’s final in Melbourne between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev on Sunday from 9:35 a.m. live on SRF info or on the srf.ch/sport website or in the sport app with stream and ticker.
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