• A match that will inevitably end a series
Only one of the two players will lift the Australian trophy while the other will see a great streak come to an end. Daniil Medvedev can sign his twenty-first victory. Among his last twenty matches played, twelve were won against members of the top 10. Winner of the Masters 1000 in Paris, then the ATP season-end finals in London, he also pocketed the ATP Cup with the Russia just before the Australian Open. The new Russian tsar has not lost since his Viennese quarter-final against Kevin Anderson at the end of October. But in Melbourne, Djokovic is the master of the place: eight-time winner in Australia, the world No. 1 has never lost in the final at the Rod Laver Arena and has won the last two editions of the Australian tournament.
• Advantage Djokovic in the head-to-head but Medvedev returns
If Djokovic leads 4-3 in direct confrontations against the Russian, since June 2019, the world No. 1 has lost in three of the last four meetings. The final confrontation between the two players, the final of the London Masters last November, also saw the Muscovite beating “Djoko” sharply in just under an hour and a half (6-3, 6-3) . Meanwhile, the Serbian leads 2-0 in the winning three-set confrontation.
• “Next gen” Vs. the Serbian experience
Djokovic will play his twenty-eighth Grand Slam final, when it will be only the second for Medvedev, after one lost at the 2019 US Open to Nadal. “I hope this experience will help me”, said the 25-year-old player after qualifying for the final, the youngest player to reach this stage of the competition in Melbourne since a certain Novak Djokovic in 2012 (24 years and 8 months).
For the Serbian, a victory in Melbourne would be synonymous with the eighteenth Grand Slam title, which would allow him to approach the record of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer (20 titles in Major). Whatever the result of the final, Djokovic is however already assured of dethroning the Swiss in the number of weeks spent in the chair of world No.1 (311 weeks from March 8, against 310 for Federer).
• A duel of declarations
If the match has not yet started on the court, the two players clashed with interposed microphones. “There was a lot of talk about the new generation that was coming and that would take power over the three of us [avec Federer et Nadal], but if you’re realistic, it still hasn’t happened. They still have a lot of work to do“, said Djokovic after his victory over Karatsev in the semi-final.
A spike to which the Russian was quick to respond following his qualification against Tsitsipas: “I don’t have a lot of pressure because he’s never lost in his final eight here. He’s the one who has all the pressure, he wants to catch Roger and Rafa in the Grand Slam. more experience, but I know I can beat the big names if I play well. For my part, I will have nothing to lose. “ Hoping that the players put as much application in their answers on the Rod Laver Arena during the final.