Novak Djokovic: Daniil Medvedev will be huge challenge, have to play my best

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has acknwledged that he expects a tough challenge when he meets Daniil Medvedev in the Paris Masters final. 

Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, defeated world No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 6-0 7-6 (5) to reach the Paris final. 

Following his win over Hurkacz, Djokovic ensured that he would finish the year in front of Medvedev on the ATP rankings list. 

Djokovic and Medvedev last met at the US Open, where the Russian claimed a straight-set win to win his maiden Grand Slam title. 

Djokovic is hoping to make a better start this time. 

“It will be a big challenge tomorrow in the final versus Daniil Medvedev. I hope I can start the final better than I did in New-York. I have to play my best game. It will not guarantee the victory but I’m ready for a big battle,” Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors. 

Medvedev knows Djokovic will come prepared 

Medvedev usually discusses tactics with his coach for five minutes but it took them half an hour before the US Open final. 

“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,” Medvedev recently said.

Medvedev was also recently asked what he expects when he meets Djokovic next time. 

“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,” Medvedev explained.

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