‘It’s a Pity Roger Is Not Playing’: Daniil Medvedev Opens Up on Poor Record Against Roger Federer

Published 02/19/2021, 9:42 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Daniil Medvedev made light work of Stefanos Tsitsipas to march into the final of the Australian Open 2021. The Russian looked in sublime form against Tsitsipas and controlled most of the proceedings to maintain his unbeaten start to the 2021 season. After the win, Medvedev expressed his desire to face Roger Federer on the court.

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Why did Medvedev bring up Roger Federer after progressing to the Australian Open Final? Well, there was a significance behind his victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Medvedev has now beaten every Top 10 player besides Federer since November 2020. 

That’s obviously because Roger Federer has been out of action since early 2020 and is only expected to make a return next month. Hence, the Swiss Maestro is the only player in the Top 10 who hasn’t fallen victim to the wizardry of Daniil Medvedev.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory over David Goffin of Belgium in the Rolex Shanghai Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

“It’s a pity that Roger is not playing, I would love to play him. I’m not saying anything…I would just love to play him,” said a grinning Medvedev after his match. 

However, it should be noted that Federer is 3-0 against Medvedev in their head-to-head. It would be interesting to see who wins in their first match after the 39-year-old’s comeback! 

Daniil Medvedev knows he has turned into an intimidating player

Daniil Medvedev is an absolute workhorse. His meteoric rise in the men’s circuit is a testament to his hardwork and dedication. The Russian is currently on an unbeaten streak against Top 10 players and wishes to extend it even further. 

It has been a joy to watch Daniil Medvedev compete against the very best. The Russian always puts up a quality performance even if he goes on to lose the fixture. He marked his 12th straight victory against Top 10 players by cruising past Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.

“I am happy that I’ve managed to keep my game on top,” Medvedev mentioned. “It is great for confidence that I have beaten all the top guys. It makes maybe someone scared of him, but it’s tricky because it makes them want the win over me even more.”

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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

Medvedev truly has become an intimidating presence on the court. He hardly suffers from concentration lapses during a match and remains unbreakable on his best days. 

Novak Djokovic has an extra day of preparation in hand, but he’d realize that his Australian Open crown is under massive threat. Who are you backing in the monumental Australian Open 2021 Final? Djokovic or Medvedev?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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