Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal believes that when Daniil Medvedev plays at his best, he is at the level of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Medvedev became the second active Grand Slam winner, under 30, after upsetting No.1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.
Uncle Toni was asked to specify who is the best of Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. "I don't know who is the best," Uncle Toni said, according to Tennis Majors. “His high level of him is very similar; the problem is the low average level of him.
When Medvedev plays well, he is at the level of Nadal, Federer or Djokovic. What happens is that when he plays badly, his level drops a little more than that of Novak, Rafael or Roger. Whoever manages to stabilize it will be the best of the [younger generation]”.
Medvedev prevented Djokovic from winning his 21st Grand Slam and landing a Calendar Grand Slam. The Russian beat Djokovic in straight sets and the Serb admitted that the Muscovite was the better player. "I mean, he was hitting very well on his points.
He came out very determined on the court. You could feel he was at the top of his abilities on every shot. He was very clear on what he needs to do tactically. He has executed it perfectly," Djokovic said after the final. "On the other hand, he was just below par with my game.
My legs weren't there."
Woodbridge opens up on Novak Djokovic
Todd Woodbridge recently claimed it is unlikely for Novak Djokovic to sit out of the 2022 Australian Open over his vaccination status. According to Woodbridge, Djokovic will not want to let go of the opportunity to win a 21st Slam and move ahead of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam race.
"Coming to the tournament that he's won so much, you've got to think he's seriously thinking about doing it," Woodbridge said. "It would be a shock to me if he doesn't come to Australia."
In that context, Woodbridge opined that Tennis Australia might not have a say in this matter, and that the Australian Government would likely have the last word. "The reality is, the rest of the world is doing what we're doing.
I think at some point you probably think he's going to have to get vaccinated," Woodbridge added. "It's going to be taken out of Tennis Australia's hands, it will be what the government decides you've got to do to get into the country.
If he (Novak Djokovic) wants to come and play in the Australian Open, it's looking likely he will have to take that vaccination," Woodbridge said.