‘He’s Going to Be…’– Looking To Replicate His 2021 Heroics, Daniil Medvedev Lays Bare a Massive Novak Djokovic Scare Ahead of the US Open Final

Published 09/09/2023, 3:34 AM EDT

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After two great matches, we now have our finalists of the 2023 US Open. Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will battle it out in Arthur Ashe this Sunday. For Medvedev, it’s a chance to win the slam again. For Djokovic, it is a chance at revenge. The Russian is aware of this and knows that the Djoker will bring on his A-game to win his record-breaking slam.

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Medvedev and Djokovic played each other in the 2021 US Open final where the Russian won his first slam. Djokovic’s dreams were dashed by Medvedev in straight sets. The Russian player remembers it and knows that he will have to bring his best game to the table to win again.

Daniil Medvedev on US Open final against Novak Djokovic

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It is no secret that the Djoker goes into another gear when playing slams. The Serbian star is unrelenting when he is playing for the biggest trophies. Medvedev is aware of this and remembers the time he beat the Djoker in the slam. But now, he is a little wary of his opponent. Medvedev explained that Djokovic is never the same and only improves after losing. Therefore it will be a difficult fight to victory.

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When asked about his the grand slam final rematch, Medvedev said, “Yeah, that’s what I’m saying, against Novak, it’s the same. He is always better than previous time he plays. For example, I beat him US Open final; he beat me in Bercy in a great match. Carlos beat him Wimbledon; he beat him in Cincinnati. Novak is going to be his best version on Sunday, and I have to be the best-ever version of myself if I want to try to beat him.”

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He further talked about his preparation for the upcoming final. As per him, the only point which can improve his strategy is that Djokovic is never the same. Therefore, he will have to go into the match remembering that he will be a different individual.

So I have to use it knowing that he’s going to be 10 times better than he was that day. And I have to be, if I want to still beat him, 10 times better than I was that day. That’s what I’m going to try to do.”

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The two have played each other in many finals and their upcoming one will be just as good as the rest, one would hope.

Finals between Medvedev and Djokovic

As of now, Djokovic and Medvedev have met each other 14 times. Of those 14, three matches came in the finals of tournaments. Their first final took place in the 2021 Australian Open where the Serbian emerged victorious in easy three sets.

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Medvedev had revenge in his eyes as he later won their 2021 US Open final in straight sets. Djokovic went a step above as he outplayed the Russian star two months later in the Paris Masters. Two years later, they will meet in the final of the American slam once again. For Medvedev is a chance to recreate past glory. For Djokovic, it is a chance to consolidate his legacy. Their bout will not be one to miss.

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