Fernando Verdasco Hopes for Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev at Davis Cup 2021, Unbothered by Spain’s Defeat

Published 12/01/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev congratulates Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on winning the final match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

In the men’s game, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev have been the most dominant players this season. The manner in which they have competed against each other in some of the most important matches this season has been breathtaking. 

Recently, tournament director for the 2021 Davis Cup, Fernando Verdasco spoke about Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. He felt that since both players are representing their nations at the Davis Cup 2021, it would be great to see them compete in a final showdown before the season ends. While Fernando was disappointed by Spain’s exit, he was happy that the tournament was being contested at a high level.  


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The 38-year-old player stated, “Obviously it would be an incredible tie in case both get to face each other, especially because of that confrontation between Djokovic and Medvedev. Very excited about these past days, I’ve had a great time and I’m really enjoying it.”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev have met a few times in 2021

Serbia and Russia, the teams that Nole and Daniil are representing respectively, have made it to the quarter-finals of the ongoing tournament. Serbia will take on Kazakhstan and Russia will face Sweden in their match. Since they’re on opposite sides of the draw, they will face each other in the final if both teams progress to that stage. 

Germany and Croatia have already made it to the semi-finals. If the Daniil-Novak encounter does happen, it will be an astonishing 4th final which they will compete in against each other this year.   


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Djokovic began the year by beating Medvedev in straight sets at the Australian Open final. After that, they faced each other during the final of the US Open. It was the Russian tennis star who managed to stop the Serb from winning the fourth and final Grand Slam title this season.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

The last time they faced each other was at the Rolex Paris Masters 2021. The match went the distance and was won by the Serbian World No. 1 player in three sets.


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We wish both players the best for the quarter-final encounter and would relish an opportunity to witness them go head-to-head again. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.