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“Rafa gives you more time to think” Medvedev expresses his Acknowledgement

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev

On February 21st, 2021 the Russian player Daniil Medvedev lost against Novak Djokovic in the finals. Novak won the Australian Open and reached his ninth-time title with a scoreboard of 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

Daniil earned his position in the finals for the first time in the Australian Open after competing with Stefanos Tsitsipas. With this victory, he becomes the sixth player to claim 20 consecutive tour-level wins.

Daniil Medvedev during his semi-final match.

Maintaining the streak

The 25-years-old player showed extraordinary performances in three events the Rolex Paris Masters, the Nitto ATP Finals, and the ATP Cup which helped him to keep his streak. The 25-years-old defeated Rafael Nadal during the ATP Finals in November 2020, making a grand win for his career.Daniil Medvedev during ATP Cup

Daniil Medvedev during ATP Cup

Too Quick to Think

During his match against Djokovic, the Russian player lost the first set so he took a break before starting the second set. But quite unfortunately, he could not keep up with his dominating opponent and lost his game from that moment.

After the match, Medvedev acknowledged during his interview that “Rafa gives you more time to think about your game. Novak took all the advantages on his side,”

“When I had a second serve to play, I was not that bad but his serving was exceptional.

I could have served better today but he puts pressure on yourself.” said Djokovic, who has now won back-to-back titles at Melbourne Park and has a record ninth Australian Open title.

“Novak likes the surface here probably. He feels the atmosphere here. There is something in Melbourne he likes so much,” Medvedev continued.

Dnaiil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic during the match in Australian Open.

Dnaiil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic during the match in the Australian Open.

Against the ninth-time champion, Daniil mentions that there is no time to think or adapt.

“I wanted to do different things, but he deprived me of time for that, he took advantage of everything, very quickly.”

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