World No. 1 Novak Djokovic underlined to the younger generation that nothing will come easy and that they have to put hard work in order to beat the Big Three for the biggest titles. On Friday, world No. 4 Daniil Medvedev handed a straight-set defeat to world No.
6 Stefanos Tsitsipas to make his second Grand Slam final. Medvedev now has a tough task as he is set to battle record eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic for the title at Melbourne Park. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, isn't interested in helping Medvedev win his first Major title.
"Pressure is always there, it's what we do. Everyone talks about the new generation coming and taking over us, but realistically that isn't happening still," Djokovic said, per George Bellshaw. "We can talk about it all day but with all my respect to the other guys, they still have a lot of work to do.
I'm not going to stand here and hand it over to them. I'm going to make them work their ass off for that."
Djokovic stormed into the final
Djokovic was in great spirits after a straight-set win over Aslan Karatsev in the Australian Open semifinal.
"I felt as best as I felt so far in the tournament tonight,” Djokovic said after beating Karatsev. “Physically, mentally. I was hitting the ball very well, mixing the pace. [I] didn't give him the same looks at all.
[I] always kind of kept him guessing and served well when I needed to get out of trouble, late in the second set. “I'm just very pleased with the performance. It came at the right time, before [the] last match in a Grand Slam [tournament].
Being in this situation many times [before] I think helps kind of gather all the necessary elements for me to peak at the right time, which is happening again. I'm obviously very happy about. I'm also happy that I have two days off now. Recovery is still the priority”.