Daniil Medvedev had, perhaps playfully, insisted “all the pressure” was on Novak Djokovic before the final of the Australian Open 2021 because of his desire to chase Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the battle to finish with the most men’s Grand Slams titles.
Maybe it was a ploy to deflect the attention off himself. Either way, it did not work as Djokovic emphatically proved he is still the man to beat. World number one Djokovic responded to Medvedev’s comments with a withering tone in his assessment that the younger generation “still have a lot of work to do.”
“I’m not going to stand here and hand it over to them,” he told Eurosport after his semi-final win against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev. He was true to his word. Djokovic produced a masterclass of intensity, focus, and execution, looking comfortable on a court he has described as a “home from home”.
Daniil Medvedev on his Aussie Summer
Daniil Medvedev tweeted out and expressed his emotions about the Australian Open and the match, with as much detail as the 280 characters allowed. And the tweet was retweeted by Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev went into the final on the back of a 20-match winning streak and had won his past 12 matches against top-10 opponents. However, extending those runs looked unlikely once he began to implode in the second set.
Medvedev might be seen in action again at the ATP Qatar Open where he might face off against another member of The Big Three, Roger Federer.