'Daniil Medvedev is Novak Djokovic's toughest rival in the final,' says Boris Becker

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'Daniil Medvedev is Novak Djokovic's toughest rival in the final,' says Boris Becker

World no. 1 and the eight-time champion Novak Djokovic will seek his ninth Australian Open crown against world no. 4 Daniil Medvedev on Sunday. Novak and Daniil have shown the best tennis in the past two weeks, setting their first Major final and the eighth meeting overall.

The Russian has beaten the Serb in three of the previous four encounters and will have to produce his highest level if he wants to challenge the Australian Open king and claim his first Major crown. Boris Becker believes that his former pupil Djokovic should be the favorite, although he plays against the most challenging possible rival at the moment.

Since the last year's Paris Masters, Daniil has won 20 straight matches, 12 against the top-10 opponents, and grabbed massive 4200 points to pass Dominic Thiem and enter the top-3 for the first time on Monday.

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will fight for the Australian Open crown on Sunday.

Novak had to dig deep against Taylor Fritz, Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev, spending almost ten hours on the court and dealing with an abdomen injury that he left behind to remain on the title course.

In the semis, Djokovic defeated a qualifier Aslan Karatsev in straight sets, entering his 28th Major final and the ninth at Melbourne Park. Medvedev had to dig deep against Filip Krajinovic in the third round, prevailing in five sets and beating the remaining five opponents in straight sets to advance into the second Major final in style.

In their previous match at the ATP Finals last November, Daniil ousted Novak 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 21 minutes, never losing serve and delivering three breaks to extend his winning streak and gather a boost en route to his first ATP Finals crown.

"If you asked Novak Djokovic who he would have preferred to play Tsitsipas or Medvedev, he would probably have said Tsitsipas. Medvedev plays too unpredictable and also has this fantastic run: winning the 20th match in a row.

He's the player of the moment, but he's playing the eight-time Australian Open winner at his favorite tournament. For me, Novak is the favorite, but Medvedev is the most difficult opponent he can have in the final. The young Russian can win it, too. Novak feels special at Rod Laver Arena but will have to work hard to beat Daniil on Sunday," Boris Becker said.