World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev continued his streak against top-10 players on Friday as he handed sixth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas a 6-4 6-2 7-5 loss to progress into his maiden Australian Open final. Medvedev has now won 12 consecutive matches against top-10 players but neither of those 12 wins came against record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who has spent the last year rehabbing his knee.
Medvedev, who led Russia to the ATP Cup title prior to the Australian Open, has gotten off to an outstanding start to the season. "It’s great to know this,” Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors. “It’s a pity that Roger is not playing.
I would love to have played him. I just would love to play against him. I mean, to play against Roger is always a privilege. Against Novak, Rafa, Roger."
Novak Djokovic next up for Medvedev
Medvedev, who ended runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the 2019 US Open final, will be battling against world No.
1 Djokovic for his maiden Grand Slam title. “But it’s great to hear this. I mean, happy about myself, because I remember one moment when I was already playing quite good I actually was struggling with the top 10 guys when I was maybe around top 20 or top 30.
It’s great to hear this and I’m really happy about it. “I’m just happy that I managed to keep my game on top. For the confidence, when you beat everybody, it is just great, because I think people start maybe to be a little bit scared about you.
At the same time sometimes there are going to be some that are going to want to beat you even more. It’s a tricky situation, but I’m happy I managed to be on top in all those 20 matches”. It remains to be seen if Medvedev can clinch his 13th consecutive top-10 win when he meets Djokovic.