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‘Novak Djokovic would be the favourite’, says former star

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Daniil Medvedev will start his Canadian Masters title defense against Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday. In his pre-tournament interview, Daniil spoke about his concentration in matches and how he prepares for each match. The Russian mentioned last year’s major finals matchups against Novak Djokovic and what changed between the Australian Open and the US Open.

Daniil arrived in Melbourne on a remarkable winning streak and reached his second Major final. Novak Djokovic stepped across the net and beat the Russian 7-5 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 53 minutes to claim his ninth Australian Open crown.

Novak got a late break in the first set and got a huge boost that carried him over the finish line after a rock-solid performance in sets two and three. Medvedev made sure to better prepare for the US Open final, eager to end Djokovic’s streak and claim his first Major crown.

Novak was playing a Grand Slam on the calendar, but it couldn’t be for him that night at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Daniil won 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 after a remarkable performance from start to finish. The Russian hit 38 winners and 31 unforced errors and displayed bold and aggressive tennis to outplay the Serb for the best win of his career.

Medvedev claimed the first two sets with two breaks and grabbed a par in the third to cross the finish line and join the tennis immortals. Daniil barely dropped a point on serve in the opening set and grabbed a break in the first game for an instant lead.

Medvedev kept his games in check and held on in the 10th for a 6-4 run and a boost. Djokovic squandered five break chances early in the second set and paid the price soon after. Daniil broke him at 2-2 and had three solid at-bats to carve out a 6-4 6-4 lead and move closer to goal.

With nothing going his way, Djokovic suffered breaks in games one and three of the third set to find himself down 4-0 and miles away from the historic title.

Djokovic is a former World No.1

Former British No 1 Jo Durie believes it will be a ‘real shame’ if Novak Djokovic cannot play at the US Open, as the debate over his hopes of participating in New York rumbles on.

“What a mess at the beginning of the year in Australia. Bad communication and it was really tough on him,” reflected Durie. “Now we have the US Open and he can’t go to that. He has pulled out of the Canadian (Open) because he is not vaccinated.

He is so strong mentally with the things he wants to do, but it looks tough at the moment. It’s unfortunate. That’s the rules in America at the moment. Most countries have opened up now, but who am I to say (whether he should be allowed to play)? It’s a real shame that he can’t go and play at the moment because obviously he would be the favourite”.


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