Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has acknowledged that he is taking the comments made by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic seriously and that he doesn’t expect to have an easy job at all against the Serb in the Australian Open final.
Djokovic, a record eight-time Australian Open champion, beat qualifier world No. 104 Aslan Karatsev in the Australian Open semifinal on Thursday to reach a ninth final at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic, who has 17 Grand Slam titles in his collection, isn’t interested in helping Medvedev win his maiden Major title.
“Pressure is always there, it’s what we do. Everyone talks about the new generation coming and taking over us, but realistically that isn’t happening still,” Djokovic said, per George Bellshaw.
“We can talk about it all day but with all my respect to the other guys, they still have a lot of work to do. I’m not going to stand here and hand it over to them. I’m going to make them work their ass off for that.”
Medvedev ready for the Djokovic clash
Medvedev won four matches at the ATP Cup and led Russia to winning the event prior to the Australian Open.
Medvedev then continued his strong at the Australian Open as he claimed five straight-set and one five-set win to make his second Grand Slam final.
“When Novak says he is not going to hand anything to somebody, I believe him. I’m not going to say I don’t trust him. So I know that to beat him you need to just show your best tennis, be at your best physically maybe four or five hours, and be at your best mentally maybe for five hours. Never know how the match is going to go,” Medvedev said.
It remains to be seen if No. 4 seed Medvedev can become the first player to beat Djokovic in an Australian Open final.
Medvedev set to clash against Djokovic in the Australian Open final.