Australian Open: Novak Djokovic discusses injury issues
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Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev face off in the Australian Open final this Sunday in what should be a thrilling clash. Djokovic will be hoping to win his ninth title at Melbourne Park, but Medvedev is a man in form, having won last season’s World Tour Finals and enjoying a fine tournament so far.
Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will “kill each other” on the court this Sunday due to their very similar styles.
That is according to former world number 2 Alex Corretja.
Djokovic will bid to win his ninth Australian Open title on Sunday as number four seed Medvedev looks to spring an upset at Melbourne Park.
The affair is expected to be very tightly contested, with Russian world number four on a fine run of form currently, easily dispatching Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi finals.
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And while Djokovic is the slight favourite for the final, Corretja admits that he is expecting to see a fascinating battle between Djokovic’s experience and Medvedev’s big serving game which has proved to be so dominant recently.
“I think they are going to kill each other!” Corretja told Eurosport. “I am expecting a very long match, both play a very similar game style.
“They both need their serves, their backhands are both unbelievable. Forehands – Novak moves his wrist a little bit more, but not too much more, than Daniil.
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“I think they will play like a mirror to each other, unbelievable back-hand cross court, they change down the line, both great competitors.
“The only thing I see a little bit different is that Novak Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam titles, with 8 of them in Melbourne. But if you just think about the shape of both of them, I think Medvedev has been showing that he is a guy coming to the tournament in a better shape and he kept that momentum going.
“He is going to be so, so difficult to beat and Novak will need to be at his best and will need to be very clear on his game plan and the way he wants to play because both are unbelievable defenders, they both like to attack but they usually don’t like to be in the attacking side all the time.”
Corretja also revealed that he was expecting a long, intense showdown to ensue at the Rod Laver Arena, before slightly tipping one man to come out on top.
“It’s going to be interesting to see who is getting the dominance to the other side of the court and in which moments,” he went on. “They both rely on their serves, especially Daniil, even if Novak has improved so much.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it went on for more than 3.5 or 4 hours because this is pretty much what I am expecting.
“If both players are healthy, we are going to have a hell of a match. Maybe I am leaning really slightly towards Novak but just slightly, maybe 55-45 in favour Novak.”
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