The first big showdown takes place Saturday in Adelaide as Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will collide in the semifinals.
Djokovic has won eight of 12 from the Russian including the last three since Medvedev’s incredible US Open title run.
Last night, Djokovic rolled past Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 while Medvedev overcame a second break deficit to defeat Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3. Neither has dropped a set this week.
“Hopefully another long night,” said Djokovic who has won 21 of his last 22 matches. “I don’t think there’s going to be too many short points tomorrow unless we both serve well. Normally when you play Daniil, you have to be ready to go the distance, physically, mentally, game-wise.
“He’s definitely one of the best players in the world for the past five years. He’s established himself as a Grand Slam winner and a No. 1 in the world, so he’s someone I respect a lot. We had some amazing battles over the years and I’m hoping for another good battle tomorrow.”
Medvedev is well aware of Djokovic’s dominance in Australia. The Serb has won his last 32 matches in Australia!
“I think he didn’t lose for a long time here,” said Medvedev.
“In Australia we’ve played three times,” he said. “I’m not going to touch too much on this but I lost all of them.
“It’s a challenge to play Novak in Australia. Maybe it can be easier in Adelaide than Melbourne, you never know, but it’s a challenge and it’s a great test before the Australian Open to play one of the best ones and probably the best player ever in terms of Australian tennis.”
Match time is not before 5am ET for Djokovic-Medvedev.
Sebastian Korda, a winner over Jannik Sinner, and Yoshito Nishioka will meet in the other semifinal.
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I definitely have noticed that Djokovics arms look bigger this year. He wants to be able to have more natural power on his shots. Smart move by him.
January 7th, 2023 at 2:03 am