'He likes to see Novak Djokovic frustrated', says former No. 1



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'He likes to see Novak Djokovic frustrated', says former No. 1

The men's final of the Australian Open 2021 will take place in about 24 hours. Probably the best hard court players in the world arrive at the event. On the one hand, the outgoing champion and world number one Novak Djokovic who has won the last 20 races held here in Melbourne (2 Australian Open won and the final this year) and on the other hand the new advancing, the Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev, an athlete in great condition, fresh from 20 consecutive successes in the ATP circuit, races that allowed him to win the Masters 1000 in Paris, the ATP Finals and the ATP Cup 2021, a tournament where he took over from Nole.

There is a lot of indecision regarding Sunday's match and the supporters of the tennis world themselves do not have a big favorite for the event. Novak Djokovic is looking for his eighteenth career Slam, a tournament that would allow him to continue his legend and bring together the other two members of the Big Three, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, both at 20.

Speaking of the final Novak said: "Everyone is talking about the new generation that advances and is ready to replace us but realistically this still has to happen. We can always talk about it, I have respect for these young guys but I think they really still have a lot to do.

I will definitely not give them this passage, they will have to really sweat it." Mats Wilander believes Medvedev will relish playing against Novak Djokvoic when the pair clash in the Australian Open final.

Wilander on the 2021 Australian Open final

"While Novak Djokovic is more confident that he is going to win, I feel like Daniil Medvedev is going to enjoy the battle more because he is out there to just cause hell for his opponent.

He likes to see Novak frustrated," Mats Wilander told Eurosport. Wilander also revealed he is a big fan of Medvedev, who he believes is good for tennis. "I'm a huge fan," Wilander added. "He is a great character, and great for our sport.

He is so smart, Medvedev." Wilander described Medvedev's performance in the semis as 'close to perfection', complimenting the Russian's serve, forehand and backhand down the line. "He played so close to perfection I think," Wilander said.

"It's unbelievable from Daniil Medvedev. The depth of his shots, his forehand is so deep. He only hit one forehand inside the service box. It's incredible. How do you combat that? It's very difficult," the Swede added.

"What are you going to do? It's very unusual for any player. Also, his serve: it's a huge weapon.The backhand down the line from Medvedev is as good as Novak Djokovic's and as good as anyone I've ever seen."