Australian Open 2021: Will not be beneath strain in last in opposition to Djokovic, says Medvedev

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Daniil Medvedev

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev admitted that he will not be beneath an excessive amount of strain within the Australian Open last in opposition to Novak Djokovic who has by no means misplaced a summit conflict in Melbourne.

Medvedev reached his first Australian Open last on Friday after beating Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-Four, 6-2, 7-5 and will probably be going through Djokovic within the last.

Djokovic has reached the Australian Open last eight instances in his profession and by no means misplaced. A win on Sunday will assist the Serb get inside two wins of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s document of 20 Grand Slam titles.

“I haven’t got a whole lot of strain as a result of Novak has by no means misplaced right here within the last. He has all of the strain to get to Roger Federer and Rafa (within the all-time document of 20 males’s titles),” mentioned Medvedev within the on-court interview after his semi-final match in opposition to Tsitsipas.

“I hope I’ll get on the market and present my greatest tennis. As we now have seen, I can win in opposition to the perfect names if I play properly. He has extra expertise however extra issues to lose than me.”

Medvedev has prior expertise of going through one of many “large three” in a Grand Slam last, having misplaced to Nadal within the 2019 US Open.

“I took a whole lot of expertise (from the US Open last in opposition to Nadal). It was my first Grand Slam last in opposition to one of many best and on Sunday I’ll face one of many different best,” he mentioned.

The 25-year-old Russian was scientific on Friday besides within the third recreation when Tsitsipas threatened to stage a comeback from two units to like down simply as he did in his quarter-final match in opposition to Nadal.

“I noticed that as quickly as I used to be shifting him across the court docket, it was not straightforward for him. As quickly as I noticed it within the first set, that turned my technique immediately,” mentioned Medvedev.

He admitted that the slip-ups within the final set was as a result of event attending to him. “I received slightly bit scared and tight as a result of it is a semifinal of a Slam,” mentioned Medvedev

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