Daniil Medvedev says all the pressure is on Novak Djokovic after he booked his place in the Australian Open final with a win over Stefanos Tsitsipas (Match Betting – Djokovic 10/11, Medvedev 10/11).
The Russian kept up his astonishing recent run of form with a straight-sets win against the Greek in the semi-final in Melbourne.
It was Medvedev’s 20th straight victory as he goes in search for his first Grand Slam title.
The world number four lost the US Open final in 2019 and is aiming to become Russia’s first mens’ singles major winner since 2005 when Marat Safin won at Melbourne Park.
Medvedev does have an excellent record against Djokovic, winning three of their four meetings, though the Serb has a near-flawless record in the tournament, having won all eight finals he has contested.
However, the 25-year-old Medvedev insists all the pressure will be on Djokovic to win as he chases the all-time Grand Slam record, currently held by both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20.
“I don’t have a lot of pressure because Novak has never lost here in the final. He has all the pressure to get to Roger Federer and Rafa [in the all-time record of 20 men’s titles],” he said.
“I hope I will get out there and show my best tennis. As we have seen, I can win against the best names if I play well. He has more experience but more things to lose than me.”
Earlier Djokovic sent an ominous warning to his would-be opponent after dispatching Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev in straight sets.
Ahead of Sunday’s final, in which the 33-year-old will hope to pick up his 18th Slam title, Djokovic (7/2 to win 3-0) says he feels in great shape after appearing to get over a slight abdominal issue.
“This is the best I have felt in the entire tournament. It felt great, I could swing through the ball and no pain,” he said.
“It was my best match so far and came at the right time. I’m thrilled.”
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