“Feeling Like Rafa”: Daniil Medvedev Draws Parallels With Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open 2019 Finals Loss

Published 02/21/2021, 10:23 AM EST
Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Rafael Nadal of Spain stand together before their Men’s Singles final match on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The World No.1 Novak Djokovic continued his reign at the Australian Open as he defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the Australian Open 2021 finals.

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The final was a one-sided affair and contrary to almost everybody’s predictions, Medvedev was outclassed. The result forced the Russian to draw similarities with Rafael Nadal’s 2019 final against Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after their final match. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

In his press conference, Medvedev recalled a similar one-sided 2019 Aussie Open final. There, Rafael Nadal was on the receiving end of Novak Djokovic’s wrath. The match ended just after two hours and sparked the resurgence of Djokovic’s dominance in Melbourne.

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“I watched the final against Rafa. I think I’m feeling like Rafa this day, tonight. Yeah, he’s just playing unbelievable here.”

Daniil Medvedev hails Novak Djokovic as the ‘King of Melbourne’

Djokovic stood at six Australian Open titles in 2019. From then and now he has won three consecutive titles against three formidable opponents in Nadal, Thiem, and Medvedev. Seeing this dominance, Medvedev couldn’t resist calling Djokovic the ‘King of Melbourne’.

“For sure, if we can say like this, I guess he’s the King of Melbourne, even if I don’t like these words. What else can we say? He won here nine out of nine times.”

Daniil Medvedev reacts during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Medvedev’s unorthodox style was seen to be a big hurdle for Djokovic, but the Serbian eased through the Russian. Medvedev himself had forged a 20-match win-streak and was the key favorite to break the Djokovic monopoly at Aussie Open. But the juggernaut continued in the finals, and now he is up 9-0 in the Aussie Open finals.

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It is also to be noted that Djokovic is undefeated in 9 semifinals at Aussie Open. His dominance at the Australian Open is similar to that of Nadal in the French Open.

Federer, Nadal, Murray all have tried defeating Djokovic in the semifinals and finals but have failed. Medvedev came in with a lot of promise, but he couldn’t step up at the big final. Will Djokovic get the 10th title in Melbourne next year?

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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