Yevgeny Kafelnikov: The Big 3 will all remain at 20 Majors because of Daniil Medvedev

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Yevgeny Kafelnikov: The Big 3 will all remain at 20 Majors because of Daniil Medvedev

Former world No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov says Daniil Medvedev will be the reason why the Big Three will all remain at 20 Grand Slam titles. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are tied on the all-time Grand Slam record list as each have 20 Majors.

On Friday, Medvedev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4 6-1 to set up an Australian Open final against Nadal.

Medvedev beat Djokovic in last year's US Open final and now he will be hoping to prevent Nadal from winning a 21st Grand Slam title. “I am going to play again against one of the greatest and against someone going for their 21st Grand Slam.

Grand Slam finals are special and I can remember the final against Rafa at the [2019] US Open. It was my first final and we played for about five hours. We have played a few matches since then and I am ready," Medvedev said of facing Nadal.

Medvedev on beating Tsitsipas

“Some matches are very even,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “I missed some balls at a few moments where I could have got a break and he missed a few at the start of the third set.

Then from 5-4 in the third [set] I just found some momentum and started to read his serve and put every ball in. I hit some very important passing shots and his energy went down because of this and my energy went up”.

Medvedev admitted he was "dead" following his quarterfinal thriller versus Auger-Aliassime. “After the match with Felix I spoke to my coach and said, ‘How will I do it on Friday?’,” Medvedev added.

“I sat down in the locker room and was so dead, barely could move. But I tried to recover well and the next day I woke up and the moment I opened my eyes I thought it was not too bad and I could recover and that is what happened. I am happy today that it was not five hours so I can recover for the next one”.