Daniil Medvedev kicks off Novak Djokovic mind games with Federer and Nadal comments

Daniil Medvedev immediately started pre-match mind games after winning through to the Australian Open by claiming all the pressure is on Novak Djokovic – and mentioning Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the process.

The Russian claimed he will use his experience of losing to Nadal in his first Grand Slam final on Sunday.

The world No.4 extended his winning streak to 20 matches by beating Stefanos Tsitispas 6-4 6-2 7-5.

Medvedev has reached his fourth consecutive titles after winning titles in Paris, London – where he beat Djokovic in the Nitto ATP Finals – and then the ATP Cup.

And he now has an 11-match winning streak against fellow top-10 players.

Asked by Jim Courier in his courtside interview about the key to victory, Medvedev said: “First of all I like that I don’t have a lot of pressure because he has never lost in eight times he was here in the final.

“So it is he who has all the pressure, getting to Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal] in the Grand Slams.

“I just hope I am going to get out there and show my best tennis.

“As we see, I can win against some big names if I play good. That is the main part. For sure he has more experience but more things to lose.”

Medvedev lost a five-set thriller against Nadal in the New York final in 2019.

“I took a lot of experience,” he said. “It is not that you can learn: Ok, I should have played a backhand down the line at 5-4 on break point or something. It was experience.

“It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest. On Sunday I am going to come up against one of the other greatest.

“So yeah, I played against Rafa in the US Open in a crazy match. It is experience that maybe, if we have another crazy match, I can turn some things for me and not against me. We will see Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Tsitsipas said: “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.”


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