“Need to Be Ready for Everything”: Daniil Medvedev on the Challenges of Facing Novak Djokovic

Published 10/27/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after their final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


The US Open 2021 men’s singles final saw a heavyweight clash between world no. 1 Novak Djokovic and #2 Daniil Medvedev. Both players have enjoyed wonderful form in 2021 and previously faced each other in the final of the Australian Open as well. Down Under, it was Nole who emerged victorious, but in New York, Daniil stole the show.

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In a recent interview, Medvedev highlighted the obstacles that come into play when he faces Novak Djokovic. He felt that for a player to come out as the winner against the Serb, one has to put in extra effort. He also claimed that the next time he faces Novak, the Serb is going to put up a tougher challenge than the previous encounter.

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The Minister and his unique tactics against Djoker

The interviewer mentioned how Medvedev usually has a 5-minute session with his coach before a match to discuss the next opponent’s tactics. However, for Novak, that session lasted for around an hour.

When asked about the reason for the elongated session, the 25-year-old revealed, “Yes not one hour, but probably like 20-30 minutes, which is a lot for me. To beat him in a Slam, especially in the final of a slam and with him going for history, you need to be ready for everything he does and to have an answer for everything he does. That’s what we managed to find for this match.”

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

Well, Daniil’s extended discussion with his coach worked well and he successfully stopped Nole from completing his Calendar Slam. 

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Daniil Medvedev expects a tough challenge against Novak Djokovic 

Daniil mentioned that against Djokovic, the serve is of utmost importance because he possesses a dangerous return. He also claimed that every encounter against Novak is a different experience and that he is ready for a challenge whenever they meet next on tour. True, the minute of details come into play when one is up against one of the greatest players of the generation. 

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The 2021 US Open champion added, “For the next match, he’s going to be different and prepare differently, I’m going to try to adapt to it and then there are different conditions like what is the court, how are the balls. Who’s playing better this day? All the details come across when you play one of the greatest.”

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Coming to tennis, Medvedev was last seen at the Indian Wells. He lost to Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 in the pre-quarterfinal match. On the other hand, Djokovic has not played in any other tournament after his US Open exit. We wish both players the best of luck for the remainder of the season. 

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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.

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