Novak Djokovic-Daniil Medvedev will be the final of the Australian Open 2021. The world No. 1 has ousted the surprising Karatsev from the tournament, while the Russian has reached his second career Slam final (the first in the 'land of kangaroos') by eliminating Tsitsipas with the score of 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in just over two hours.
The final act can be labeled as the twenty-first test: in fact there are 20 consecutive victories in Australia for Djokovic, while as many are the successes of the number 4 in the world rankings starting from the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy.
On the one hand, therefore, those who practically never lose in Australia, on the other, those who do not know the word defeat in the last period. Medvedev's statement on paper is simple, while Novak Djokovic's is a formality, who put an end to the ambitions of Cinderella-Karatsev, who nevertheless became the author of a rather memorable tournament.
Now the Serbian is aiming to win the eighteenth Grand Slam, to further bring the 20 odds monopolized by the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal duo closer. Nole for a series of reasons has all the favors of the prediction in the duel with the Muscovite, also judging by his great feeling with the major of Melbourne Park: 8 times winner of the tournament (including the last two editions) and ninth final in seventeen participations ( 28th overall in the Slams out of 63 played).
In the previous Djokovic-Medvedev, the Russian started underdog, but still managed to defeat his rival on three occasions.
Medvedev on Novak Djokovic
"I like that I don’t have a lot of pressure because Novak Djokovic never lost in the eight times that he was here in the final," Daniil Medvedev said.
"It is he who has all the pressure, getting to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam [leaderboard]. I just hope that I am going to get out there and show my best tennis." When asked about the reasons behind his recent success, Medvedev claimed he couldn't pin it down to a single factor.
He did, however, express delight that the hard work he has put in over the years is finally paying dividends. "I don’t have an answer [to explain my run]," Daniil Medvedev said. "I was just working hard all my life and I am really happy at this moment.
It is going to stay with me… It is a great achievement." The Russian later revealed that he noticed how tired Tsitsipas looked during the first set of the match, and he used that as a strategy to overcome the 22-year-old.
"It is the semi-final of a Slam… It was not easy, but I am happy I managed to switch my game on, especially in some tight moments on my serve and I am really happy to be in the final," Daniil Medvedev said.
"He was tired after the match with Rafa… During today’s match, I saw that as soon as I was moving him around the court, it was not easy for him. As soon as I saw that in the first set, that became my strategy straight away."