2021 Australian Open Men’s Final – Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev on and what time does it start? Sunday 21st February, 2021 – not before 08:30 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev? Click here to reach the official 2021 Australian Open ticket selection

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev on? The 2021 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic was able to comfortably weather an early storm against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev to come through to his ninth final in straight sets.
  • The world number one holds the record here in Melbourne already having never lost a final and will be the tight favourite against Daniil Medvedev having looked fit again against Karatsev.
  • 33-year-old Djokovic leads a close head-to-head record with Daniil Medvedev 4-3 with the pair taking one win apiece last year, Djokovic at the January ATP Cup and Medvedev at the year-end ATP Finals in November.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV

  • Daniil Medvedev was in frightening form against Rafael Nadal’s vanquisher Stefanos Tsitsipas, beating the world number six and crowd favourite in three incredible sets.
  • The 25-year-old is now on a 20-match winning streak dating back to the first round of the Paris Masters last November, beating 11 top 10 players in that incredible run.
  • World number four Medvedev took Rafael Nadal all the way to a deciding set in his first Grand Slam final at the 2019 US Open before finishing as runner-up and he looks even better two years on.

THE PREDICTION

This looks set to be a career-defining day for Russia’s Daniil Medvedev as he aims for a 21st win in a row by beating Novak Djokovic for the second time in three months. Last time the pair faced each other, Medvedev was on his way to his second of three ATP titles in a row and he comprehensively beat the Serb in the group stage of the ATP Finals before going on to beat both Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem for the trophy. 25-year-old Medvedev has beaten 11 top 10 players since the start of the Paris Masters to win that tournament, the ATP Finals and this season’s ATP Cup with Team Russia and he is through to his second-ever Grand Slam final having come up short against Nadal at the US Open two years ago. World number one Novak Djokovic will have plenty to say for his chances here having never lost a final in Melbourne, and he has fought off several tough challenges this fortnight already, but there is a first time for everything and this looks to be it. It is hard to argue that anyone is playing better than Medvedev in the world right now, and the Russian has all the heart-breaking experience of a Grand Slam final defeat behind him already. Notably, since Medvedev’s blossoming in 2019 the pair have played five times to see Medvedev lead 3-2 in that particular record and he has won three of the past four meetings.

Both players will have to be at their peak to beat each other on Sunday and, right now, only one of them can truly say they are there. The longer this match goes on, the more chance Djokovic has on sheer will and elite experience. Medvedev to win in three or four but Djokovic to win in five would be an interesting option, were it available. It feels wrong to go against the world number one at the Australian Open but the best player in the world, at this moment in time, should win this final and that should see a first Grand Slam title for Daniil Medvedev.

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