Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Australian Open 2021 Finals: What’s at Stake For the Two

Published 02/20/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia congratulates Daniil Medvedev of Russia after their match during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The women’s singles final at the Australian Open came to a grand conclusion, and it’s the men’s event that’s up next. Two of the most dominant players in Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will face each other on Sunday, and there’s a lot on the line for both players. Let’s have a look, shall we?


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The Australian Open 2021 Final will mark the 8th professional meeting between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. The Serbian has so far won 57% of their matches and maintains a 4-3 record against the Russian. But their upcoming clash is quite unpredictable. 

What’s on the line for Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open 2021 Final?


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Novak Djokovic is the undisputed King of the Australian Open, and there’s hardly any doubt about it. The 33-year-old has won 90.4% of his matches played at Melbourne and boasts an astonishing 8-0 record when it comes to the Finals! 

However, it could all change if Daniil Medvedev manages to topple World No.1 at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday! Moreover, Djokovic’s perfect Australian Open Finals streak isn’t the only thing at stake

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serbian’s Novak Djokovic during his quarter final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Djokovic is bidding for an 18th Grand Slam title, and the Serbian can achieve the feat with a win over Medvedev. If he claims Slam #18, Djokovic will only be two shy of matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s tally. 

But there’s more on the line for Djokovic when he takes on Medvedev in the final. The Serbian is currently on a 20 match winning streak and an 11-match unbeaten run against Top-10 players at the ‘Happy Slam,’ and he can extend that record with a win against the Russian powerhouse! 

Daniil Medvedev would look to spoil the Serbian’s party on Sunday

There’s so much at stake for Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open 2021. He’s never faced such amount of pressure in recent years, and there is a real possibility of him conceding the title this year. 

All that is because of Daniil Medvedev’s sublime form. The 25-year-old has just dropped a single set en route to the ultimate match and can become the third Russian to win a Grand Slam if he outplays Djokovic in the final. 

Medvedev will join the likes of Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin as the only Russian men to have won a Grand Slam. Obviously, a win over Djokovic would also bring up Medvedev’s maiden Slam triumph! 


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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

Furthermore, Daniil Medvedev is currently on an unbeaten streak that has stretched to 20 games. He can clinch win #21 by defeating Djokovic and also match bring up his 13th straight win against a Top-10 player. 

A win would also even the head-to-head record between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. It is an unpredictable final, which will undoubtedly be a cracking match. There’s so much on the line for either player, but who are you backing for the win? 


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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.