Djokovic, Medvedev Set Adelaide SF Collision

by Staff | January 6th, 2023, 11:29 am

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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3 Comments for Djokovic, Medvedev Set Adelaide SF Collision

Dave Says:

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.

Wog Boy Says:


…in order to finish points earlier, methinks, he was struggling physically towards the end of the long matches at the of last year. The age is catching up with him.

Wog Boy Says:

I’ll put it here since there is no other thread for united cup, I really love Berrettini, but his BH is really nonexistent.
As I sad it he got break point with his BH, and he broke Tsitsipas😂
I was expecting more Greeks than Italians in Ken Rosewall Arena, but by the sound of fans it looks like there are more Italian fans.

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