Last week, Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in a very one-sided final on Rod Laver Arena to win his record 9th Australian Open title. Rafael Nadal‘s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal has analyzed the final match.
Before the final, many anticipated a tight contest between the two but Medvedev didn’t seem to have enough to give Djokovic a hard time.
Toni, writing for El Pais claimed that the final did not live up to the expectations and that it largely witnessed one-way traffic in favor of Djokovic.
On account of the mismatch in the encounter, Toni Nadal claimed that the Australian Open final was a ‘little-disputed matchup’.
“What was envisioned to be an entertaining, tough and competitive Grand Slam final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev was, in reality, a little-disputed and low-brilliance matchup in which the Serb was clearly superior,” Toni Nadal wrote.
“The Russian and the Serbian have similar characteristics”: Toni Nadal
Uncle Toni pointed out that the match’s initial phase was evenly poised, with Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev attempting to outwit each other on the court.
“The game was practically sentenced with the break in the 12th game of the first set,” he added. “Until that moment, we had seen a scoreboard that equally distributed the merits, as well as different changes in strategy by the two tennis players. They had been combining patient exchanges to prepare the point well with moments of greater aggressiveness, seeking the immediate resolution of the goal.”
“In fact, the Russian and the Serbian have similar characteristics. They are almost impregnable from the back of the court, they have an admirable defense capacity and a counterattack that, most of the time, is definitive.”
The Spaniard feels Daniil Medvedev would be gutted by his poor display against Novak Djokovic, since it was a great opportunity to win his first Major.
“I’m sure Daniil Medvedev came out to the Rod Laver Arena with all the information about Novak Djokovic well analyzed, but he was not able to retain his poise, to overcome the frustration of delivering the first set, or to keep up the fight in those difficult moments”
“It surprises me that, sometimes, athletes of this level have that little capacity to overcome difficulty. I imagine that once the match was over, the Russian realized the missed opportunity and the little resistance he exhibited.”, he concluded.