'We miss Roger Federer, I would love to face him in Melbourne,' says Daniil Medvedev



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'We miss Roger Federer, I would love to face him in Melbourne,' says Daniil Medvedev

An in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev is through to his second Major final at the Australian Open, playing on a high level and setting the thrilling Novak Djokovic clash. In one of his interviews, Daniil mentioned Roger Federer, saying it's a pity that the Swiss is not in the draw, as he would love to play against him in Melbourne.

Roger is missing the Australian Open for the first time since 1999, struggling with a knee injury and skipping almost the entire 2020 season following two surgeries in February and May. Roger started training in October but couldn't get at 100% by the Australian Open, skipping the season's first Major and working on a comeback in Doha and Dubai in March.

On the other hand, Medvedev has been the player to beat since the end of the previous season, rattling off 20 straight victories, 12 of those against the top-10 rivals. Medvedev scored five comfortable wins at Melbourne Park and ousted Filip Krajinovic in five sets to advance into the final, hoping to beat Novak Djokovic for the fourth time in the last five meetings and lift his most notable career title.

Medvedev scored a 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 triumph over Stefanos Tsitsipas in two hours and nine minutes in the semis, extending his winning streak to 20 and entering the top-3 instead of Dominic Thiem. The Russian lost serve once and earned five return games to control the scoreboard, losing ground for a moment in set number three before bringing it home without playing a tie break.

Daniil Medvedev will compete for the Australian Open title against Novak Djokovic.

Daniil blasted 46 winners and 21 unforced errors, dominating with his first serve and having the upper hand in the shortest and most extended exchanges to leave the rival behind and earning a chance to seek the first Major crown.

The Russian lost only six points in the opening set and grabbed a single break for 6-4. Raising his level even more, Medvedev clinched two breaks in set number two to forge a massive advantage before bringing the encounter home in a tight third set.

"It's a pity that Roger is not competing; I would love to play him. I'm not saying anything; I would just love to play him," says Daniil Medvedev.