Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will fight for the season's first Major title on Sunday at Melbourne Park. The defending champion Novak Djokovic is seeking his ninth Australian Open trophy, never losing after reaching the semi-final at his beloved tournament and seeking the 19th Major title that would keep him close to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Novak had to dig deep in four out of six encounters, battling past Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev, spending 13 hours and 20 minutes on the court to pass those obstacles and overcoming an abdomen injury en route to the semis.
Novak ousted Aslan Karatsev in straight sets to sail into the title clash, hoping to end Medvedev's 20 consecutive victories. The Russian will make a debut in the top-3 on Monday and pass Rafael Nadal to join Novak in the top-2 if he wins the title, his fourth in a row following the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals and the ATP Cup.
Daniil has won three of the previous four encounters against Novak, showing great tennis and scoring five straight-sets victories. Daniil had troubles against Filip Krajinovic, beating the Serb in five sets and standing strong against Mackenzie McDonald, Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach his second Major final after the US Open 2019.
Mats Wilander expects tight Australian Open final between Djokovic and Medvedev.
For Mats Wilander, Djokovic and Medvedev are the world's best players at the moment, especially on the fast hard court like the one at Melbourne Park.
The Swede gives a slight edge to Djokovic, who is yet to lose the title match in Melbourne, although he understands that Medvedev is ready to challenge world no. 1 for four or five hours, especially if he beats Novak in the physical segment.
"I'm really looking forward to Djokovic against Medvedev. I think they are the world's best players at the moment, especially on the faster hard court like the one in Melbourne. We are not 100% sure how Djokovic is feeling physically, and Medvedev will not go down in that segment, not even after four or five hours.
For me, it's 51-49 in Djokovic's favor, but we will see an exciting battle and extended rallies. Medvedev is the upcoming star that can challenge Djokovic the most, but the Serb is yet to lose a final in Melbourne,"