Unerring precision is Novak Djokovic’s top weapon says fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev.
The lanky Russian swept Stefanos Tsitsipas charging into his first Australian Open final. Medvedev rides a 20-match winning streak, including 12 straight wins vs. Top 10 opponents, into Sunday’s final.
The ATP Finals champion says Djokovic’s accuracy can be suffocating.
“To be honest, I think it’s when he’s in the zone he doesn’t miss,” Medvedev said of the world No. 1. “He goes down the line, cross, forehand, backhand, he doesn’t miss. That’s what is the most, the toughest part of playing against him. I think that’s where I should be good also and that’s where my game is good.
The world No. 1 has won four of seven meetings with Medvedev, including their “So that’s why some matches that we played are really I think unbelievable matches. A few times I saw the highlights, and I was, like, Wow, this level is unbelievable. That’s what I have to do to keep up with him on Sunday, because as we saw already yesterday and as he said, he’s not gonna hand anything, so need to be at my best.”
Defending champion Djokovic, playing for his record-extending ninth AO championship, has never lost a final on Rod Laver Arena and is adamant he will not give anything away on Sunday.
“Daniil Medvedev is the player to beat. He’s on a big winning streak,” Djokovic said. “He ended out the season best possible fashion. I mean, winning quite comfortably, actually, against top players, against myself in straight sets in London, and he just has improved a lot. I mean, he has a big serve. For a tall guy, he moves extremely well.
“Forehand maybe was his weaker shot, but he has improved that, as well. Backhand is as good as it gets. He’s so solid. He doesn’t give you much. But he’s not afraid nowadays to attack and get to the net and take it to his opponents.
“He’s just so solid. Also, I heard Jim Courier calling him a master chess player because of the way he tactically positions himself on the court, and it’s true. You know, he’s definitely very smart tennis player.”
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