Daniil Medvedev Reveals How Experience of US Open Final Will Help Him Against Novak Djokovic

Published 02/19/2021, 6:47 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


It was the night of the second semi-final of the Australian Open 2021 and fans witnessed an epic encounter. Daniil Medvedev earned himself a ticket to the finale by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets. The Russian player dominated the entire match and completely thrashed his opponent. The final scoreline of the match was 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.

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Although Stefanos Tsitsipas showed a fighting spirit in the match, he didn’t stand anywhere near Daniil Medvedev. With this win, the World No.4 player is currently on a 20-match winning streak and will definitely pose a serious challenge to Novak Djokovic in the final.

In the post-match interview, Medvedev recalled the memories of his first Grand Slam final at the US Open 2019. Although he lost that match against Rafael Nadal, he exhibited some great fight and skills on the court.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi-final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“I took a lot of experience. It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest. Sunday will be against one of the other greatest. US Open was a crazy match. We’re going to see Sunday, we can’t know before the match what’s going to happen,” said Medvedev in the interview.

Medvedev highlighted how the experience of that match really helped him in his today’s game and will also help him in the finals. He is also pretty excited about the final against Djokovic but believes that nobody knows what will happen in that match.

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The World No.4 player also remarked that it was certainly not an easy match against Tsitsipas. He even said that he had gotten a little scared after seeing his performance against Rafa in the quarter-finals. However, he later admitted that he was really happy to be in the finals.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his semi-final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Kelly Defina

“Definitely not easy. You saw the match with Rafa. I got a little bit scared and tight because it’s the semi-finals of a Slam. For us, it’s not like 50 like for Roger or Novak. I’m really happy to be in the final,” added the World No.4 player.

The stakes are already very high for the finals of the Australian Open 2021. Novak Djokovic hasn’t lost a single final at the Australian Open, while Medvedev is unbeaten for the last 20 matches. It’ll be intriguing to see who will emerge out as the champion and who will bite the dust.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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