Djokovic: “Medvedev is the rival to beat in Australia”

Djokovic: "Medvedev is the rival to beat in Australia"

He has it in his sights. Novak Djokovic stated during the press conference after his victory in the Australian Open semifinals that Russian Daniil Medvedev, who could become his rival in the final if he beats Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinal, is the man to beat, because he is going through a streak of 19 consecutive wins and is at a high level.

“In addition to having won many in a row, he beat the best in the world with relative ease, as he did with me in the past ATP Finals in London,” he recalled after beating Russian revelation player Aslan Karatsev to reach his ninth final. in Melbourne Park.

“Regardless of who my opponent is on Sunday, I will have to be ready if I want to take the title. Both Daniil and Stefanos are in great form. Medvedev is the opponent to beat in Australia, because he is playing at a very high level. “, remarked the N ° 1 of the ranking.

“On the other hand, Tsitsipas played at a stratospheric level against Nadal, trailing him two sets down in a Grand Slam, something that is very difficult to do. I know they have a bit of history on and off the court, so I expect a game of great intensity. On Saturday I will train a little knowing who will be my rival so that I can adjust a couple of details for that game, “added the Serbian.

“I am very happy to have recovered at the right time. I was surprised not to have any pain, although it is true that I had been through this situation in the past. It helps me to be more confident that I haven’t lost a semi-final or final here. It helps me and I don’t know if it affects my rivals too, “he said.

“I am fresh and motivated. Glad to have two days off now. The conditions of this tournament are perfectly suited to my game, especially if I play at night, ”concluded the eight-title winner in Melbourne. And wants more …

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