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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated men’s tennis for almost two decades but their time at the top may be coming to an end. Daniil Medvedev has a chance to prove that the youngsters are ready to take over the mantle in the Australian Open final tomorrow.
The Russian takes on world No 1 Djokovic and heads into the showdown in fine form.
Over the last 12 months the 25-year-old has beaten every top 10 player in the world, besides Federer who has been struggling with injury.
Medvedev’s latest success came in the Australian Open semi-finals when he brutally dumped out fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.
And the Greek star then backed in conqueror to go all the way and win his first Grand Slam title.
“Why not? I mean, see Rafa, Novak, Roger in the Grand Slam victories, so, you know, spice it up a little bit, change the name list,” he said. “Wouldn’t be bad.”
He added: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see Daniil win the tournament. But, you know, it’s a strange scenario.
“I played Rafa here two years ago. I found his performance against me that day phenomenal. I was 100% sure he was gonna win the tournament. And I ended up being wrong.
“Who knows? I don’t know. Like, Djokovic is playing well too.
“Look, I’m not a betting website. I don’t know what to say. Might be Medvedev, would be good for him, good for tennis.”
Tsitsipas went on to explain Medvedev’s weapons which could hurt Djokovic in the final.
“Let me tell you that he’s a player who has unlocked pretty much everything in the game,” he said.
“It’s like he’s reading the game really well.
“He has this amazing serve which I would describe close to John Isner’s serve. And then he has amazing baseline which makes it extremely difficult.
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“So even if you return the serve, you don’t guarantee that you’re going to win the point. You have to really work hard for it.
“It’s difficult. Obviously it’s not meant to be easy, otherwise, you know, he would be stuck at the futures level and not here.
“So he makes it very difficult, and I’m sure all the hard work that he has been putting and the hours on the court have benefited a lot. He tricks you.
“You know, he plays the game really smart. It’s really interesting to see that.”
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