PREVIEW & TIPS Djokovic N. VS Medvedev D.
After two weeks of exciting and sometimes top-class tennis, the delayed Australian Open 2021 will end on Sunday.Just in time for the semi-finals, fans were allowed again and the spectators present can look forward to a real treat on Sunday in the Rod Laver Arena, because the two currently best Tennis players fight for the coveted trophy. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is challenged by Daniil Medvedev.
Djokovic N. News
Novak Djokovic will be looking forward to March 8, 2021, on this day he will have a new record and will experience the 311st week as number one in the world, with which he will also replace Roger Federer. The hunt for records is of enormous importance for the Serbs, because it also hopes to achieve the standing of Federer or Nadal. But his reputation is by no means as high as that of the other two superstars.
The last two weeks of the tournament have shown the big problem of the former Becker protege. His performances are very strong and he was able to break free even in tricky situations and always delivered his best tennis in the so-called “crunch time”. The other side of the coin, however, is his appearance on the field, which is always the focus of criticism. Djokovic appeared to be severely handicapped in the last few days, given his statements. He described the victory against Taylor Fritz in the third round as “one of the greatest successes of his career”.
However, his physical problems were increasingly called into question, as in many situations there was definitely no impairment to be seen on the pitch. The quarter-finals against Alexander Zverev in particular were tennis at the highest level. After this success he had no trouble with sensation player Aslan Karatsev in the semifinals and was able to save a lot of energy with the three-set success. But in this game too, his emotions were sometimes exaggerated due to the one-sided game.
Medvedev D. News
At the US Open last year, Dominic Thiem was the first player of the “new generation” to take the crown at a Grand Slam tournament. After Federer, Nadal and Djokovic gradually come into the late autumn of their careers, there will be more new winning faces in the coming years. However, given the recent performances, Daniil Medvedev would be a well deserved title holder early Sunday.
For long stretches the year 2020 did not go exactly as desired for Medvedev, only in the season finale the Russian turned up with ten wins in a row and was able to secure the title at the ATP Tour Finals. The new season continues in the same way and the 24-year-old Russian has now expanded his winning streak to 20 games.
Absolutely impressive is the fact that during these 20 victories he played twelve games against current top ten players. This statistic underlines the outstanding form of the Russian, who convinces on the pitch with his stoic calm. Even during the rallies, he rarely loses patience and often brings his competitors to despair. In Medvedev, the opponent never knows what will come next. The Russian has mastered the entire repertoire of strokes and can push the ball over countless times, but can also unexpectedly attract a change of pace.
Djokovic N. VS Medvedev D. Predictions