Regardless of enduring a fourth consecutive defeat to Novak Djokovic within the Adelaide International 1 semi-finals, Daniil Medvedev stays assured that he can flip the tables on the Serbian if he will get a shot at revenge at this month’s Australian Open. And that’s regardless of Saturday’s 6-3, 6-4 loss being probably the most lopsided of their 4 most up-to-date battles.
The 26-year-old admitted that the match was “fully on Novak’s aspect,” however mentioned that his confidence wouldn’t be shaken the following time he meets Djokovic or, for that matter, Rafael Nadal, in opposition to whom he has only a modest 1-5 ATP Head2Head document. Medvedev led the Spaniard two units to like in final 12 months’s Australian Open last earlier than the lefty rallied to take the title in 5 units.
As he leaves Adelaide, Medvedev now units his sights on a robust run on the season’s first Slam and maybe one other crack at Djokovic or Nadal, the one two males to beat him on the Australian Open the previous two years.
“I feel with the sensation I had this week, I might be again at profitable [against] these guys, profitable tournaments,” Medvedev mentioned. “Once more, Novak is in a unique league, 21 slams. However typically [I’m] optimistic. Want to remain optimistic as a result of the primary Slam is coming. Need to present my finest. Need to really feel an important environment prefer it was right here in Adelaide. Wanting ahead.”
A few of Medvedev’s career-best wins have come in opposition to Djokovic and Nadal. In 2020, Medvedev gained the Nitto ATP Finals, the place he downed Nadal within the semi-finals. The next 12 months, Medvedev earned his maiden Grand Slam title on the US Open, the place he denied Djokovic’s quest for the coveted calendar Slam. He’ll draw upon these victories to spice up his confidence ought to he play both of them this month in Melbourne.
“Each time I play them, earlier than the match the one thought is I’ve to win,” Medvedev mentioned. “I’ve to strive my finest to win. I managed to do it. Rafa, I feel I beat solely as soon as, however nonetheless I managed to do it. I had some powerful matches in opposition to him, in opposition to Novak. Towards Novak I gained a slam. I imagine in myself.
“However generally on the courtroom it will get powerful. Generally you do not handle to make the problem. Tonight is a case. I did not handle to move the take a look at. Subsequent time I face him, I’ll attempt to do it once more.”
Whereas Djokovic remained sturdy within the crucial moments of Saturday’s match, saving all three break factors confronted, Medvedev double faulted on break level in each units. Regardless of being often called one of many sport’s strongest returners, Medvedev solely gained 4 factors off Djokovic’s first supply and did not convert on all three break factors.
Djokovic, a 91-time tour-level titlist, prolonged his ATP Head2Head collection result in 9-4 over Medvedev. Whereas they cut up units of their three earlier conferences, Medvedev gave a simple reply as he conceded that Saturday’s one hour and 30 minute contest was one-way visitors.
“Generally tennis is in regards to the small, small margins,” Medvedev mentioned. “Some matches I managed to win in opposition to him. This one was fully on his aspect.”
Though Medvedev gained’t be topped champion in Adelaide, he’s nonetheless drawing positives from the three wins he earned this week on the ATP 250 occasion. With one week till the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months, the 15-time tour-level titlist believes he’s nonetheless in a robust place to say his second main crown. After ending runner-up in Melbourne the previous two seasons, Medvedev will likely be glad with nothing lower than leaving the Australian Open with the trophy.