Patrick McEnroe has given the slightest advantage to Novak Djokovic to beat Daniil Medvedev in the Paris Masters final.
Djokovic and Medvedev last met at the US Open, where the Russian handed a straight-set defeat to the Serb to lift his maiden Grand Slam title.
Monster match tomorrow @RolexPMasters final.
It’s # 1 @DjokerNole vs #2 @DaniilMedwed
I’m thinking it’s 51-49 to Novak…what say you @bgtennisnation ?? — Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) November 6, 2021
After beating Hubert Hurkacz on Saturday, Djokovic secured the year-end No. 1 spot so he won't be losing the top spot even if he loses to Medvedev. Djokovic is hoping to make a good start to the Paris final. "It will be a big challenge tomorrow in the final versus Daniil Medvedev.
I hope I can start the final better than I did in New-York. I have to play my best game. It will not guarantee the victory but I'm ready for a big battle," Djokovic said.
Medvedev expects Djokovic to be at his best
Medvedev knows Djokovic will enter the match determined to get a revenge for what happened at the US Open.
"I think, yeah, against some players you feel like maybe you won a few months ago and you can gain confidence from this. Against Novak you know that actually he is going to want to beat you even more when you beat him.
Lets see how it goes tommorow," Medvedev claimed. Medvedev's tactic in the US Open final perfectly worked but he expects Djokovic to be better prepared this time. "Of course winning the US Open would give me maybe some tactical things I want to try to repeat or use against Novak," Medvedev said.
"At the same time, again, we all know who Novak is. If he would not adapt to circumstances, he would not be where he is now. So he is definitely going to try to change something, which I cannot know what it is he is going to try to do so I'm going to try to think about this. And, yeah, that's the game of tennis sometimes,"