Russia's Daniil Medvedev has revealed that he has been watching Novak Djokovic's matches throughout the Australian Open. Medvedev, seeded at No. 4, beat Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday in straight sets to book a final clash against record eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic.
Djokovic suffered an abdominal injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz but he managed to win that match in five sets and then also beat Milos Raonic, Alexander Zverev and Aslan Karatsev to make the final at Melbourne Park.
"I have seen a lot of matches from him because he plays in the evening and we are also in lockdown so I was watching the television. Actually didn't finish I think three of his matches because he was playing too late and I went to sleep," Medvedev revealed, per Ravi Ubha.
Medvedev thought Djokovic would lose to Fritz
"Yeah, for sure, some controversies. Against Fritz, I went to sleep. I actually thought he was going to lose because we saw he was in pain. He couldn't fake it to lose two sets.
He was up. Next matches were for sure not easy. Against Sascha I went to sleep when he was down a break in the fourth. So was some crazy matches," Medvedev said. "Yesterday he was on top of Aslan. And he said that he felt the best.
So, yeah, so I don't expect anything easy in terms of his physical abilities on Sunday." Medvedev won five matches in straight sets and also beat Filip Krajinovic in the third round in five sets en route to making the Australian Open final.
Medvedev won his last three matches in straight sets as he had no problems against Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinal and Tsitsipas in the semifinal, respectively. "With Rublev I think I played better, but was definitely a great match, still.
I'm not saying it was a bad match at all. But, anyway, it was a great match to win in straight sets, especially with a tough third one," Medvedev said.