Daniil Medvedev had a difficult time against Novak Djokovic recently in the 2021 Australian Open final in Melbourne. He has confessed that Djokovic is the most difficult player to play in the world, however he is learning something each time.
Daniil compares Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal
Daniil Medvedev has just gone down in straight sets at the 2021 Australian Open final when facing a terrific Novak Djokovic. The Serbian superstar was facing a competitor that many judged to be like him, but much younger. However, Novak proved those opinionated people incorrect again as he showed that he could easily infuse lethal variations in his game strategy. That was precisely what he did versus the Russian ace that looked to be powerless to offer any significant opposition.
This was Medvedev’s second final as he squandered last time to Rafael Nadal in the 2019 US Open. That day, Daniil recuperated from a 2-set deficit, but eventually he collapsed in the decider (7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4).
Daniil was asked to compare both these big loss experiences against 2 of the best in the game.
“I get nearer since I gain experience each time, and that is the point to note. If I play Djokovic again here in the final, I will do things in a different way, on and off the court, because I will recall that mortal defeat; It doesn’t mean that I will inevitably win, but that’s the life of a tennis professional. Let’s say that the loss in New York may have hurt more for the reason that I had more chances to win. But these are two hugely different matches.
Rafael Nadal gives you more time to react on the court. He’s incredible in defence and with his forehand. You think you’ve earned the point and you get mad. But at least you have time to think and react, to acclimatise.
Against Novak, I would have liked to do different things, but he robbed me of time for that, he took the benefit in everything, very swiftly. The match must have lasted 2 hours but it’s as if it took just thirty minutes and presto, I was holding the runners up trophy.”
Daniil Medvedev ranking in 2021
Currently ranked at world no.3 (career-high), Daniil played his last match on the 21st of February when he was overpowered by Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 6-2 in the final of the 2021 Australian Open.
This season Medvedev has a constituted 10-1 record. Daniil Medvedev’s latest run at the 2021 Australian Open was the best accomplishment of his season.
Novak Djokovic ranking in 2021
Presently perched at world no.1, the Serbian played his last match on the 21st of February when he routed Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-2 6-2 in the final of the 2021 Australian Open to win his 82nd career title.
Currently, during this season Djokovic has amassed a 9-0 match record. His season has started with a bang after winning the first slam of the year, the 2021 Australian Open.
Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic competed with each other eight times. Their actual H2H record is 5-3 in favour of Djokovic. Previously, the last time when they clashed, Novak Djokovic won 7-5 6-2 6-2 in the 2021 final in Melbourne (Australian Open) on the 21st of February 2021.
Rafael Nadal ranking in 2021
Currently hovering almost at the top at world no.2, Nadal played his last match on the 17th of February when he was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4 7-5 in the quarter of the 2021 Australian Open.
Until now, during this year Rafael Nadal has clocked 4-1 win-loss record.
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