No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev showed respect for Novak Djokovic ahead of their Australian Open final clash as he acknowledged that the Serb is one of the "greatest players in tennis history." Medvedev, ranked at No.
4 in the world, handed a straight-set defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas to make his second Grand Slam final at Melbourne Park and set up a clash against world No. 1 Djokovic. "I'm the challenger of the final vs. the man who won 8 Australian Opens in 8 semis and finals.
He's one of the greatest players in history. We'll both feel pressure of course. But if we talk in general, nothing to lose for me," Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors. The head-to-head record between the two stands at Djokovic's side as has four wins and three losses against the Russian.
"I think the H2H doesn't matter that much. I lost vs. him in tight matches and I didn't have my current level. When you play the Big Three for the 1st time, it's tough. 7 times, it gives experience," Medvedev said.
Medvedev knows he will have to be at his absolute best
"When Djokovic is in the zone, he doesn't miss, that the point with him. I'm not bad at this also. We played unbelievable matches. I know what I have to do.
He'll not give anything, I'll have to be at my best," Medvedev said. "It's a Grand Slam final, he knows better what it is. You throw everything out there, you have to make the good decision on each shot."
Djokovic suffered an abdominal injury in the third round but he managed to continue the tournament and make the final. "I saw a lot of Novak's matches. I thought he would lose vs Fritz, when I went to sleep. There were some crazy matches there, like vs.
Sascha Zverev. He was on top vs Aslan Karatsev. I'm not expecting something easy on the physical aspect," Medvedev said.