* Djokovic 7-5 4-1 Medvedev A good forehand winner gets Medvedev 15: 0, but one mistake and a service winner’s advantage Djokovic in front; he’s just a little better at the moment, and when a bad shot presents a chance, Medvedev swings wildly and sends his broken forehand far. An ace follows and he now sprints away.
Djokovic 7-5 3-1 Medvedev * So far, Djokovic has played the biggest points a little better and the first point of his next service game is a long one; He tries to give Djokovic the advantage. A backhand miss – after a tame second serve? makes it 15-all, but you have a feeling that Medvedev is starting to wonder and another mistake has put him 15-30. The next point must then be stopped, if a woman in the crowd shouts something that I cannot deduce, then Medvedev collects an ace in the middle and cleans it; he needed that. But one forehand is enough to raise a hold. Djokovic celebrates by gesturing for calm. maybe the aforementioned woman gave him gyp â ???? and then Medvedev goes backhand for a long time! Three games in a row for Djokovic and he has his foot on Medvedev’s face.
* Djokovic 7-5 2-1 Medvedev That’s so, so good now, and Medvedev holds Djokovic out with a forehand and then cleans up with a backhand for 15-30, only to get his opinion on a backhand all over Change line to cross court … and into the net. Another mistake gives Djokovic the game point, and although Medvedev dominates the next point with his backhand, he finally drops a little longer. Every time he takes a chance, it is instantly confiscated from him.
Djokovic 7-5 1-1 Medvedev * This is already extremely important and Medvedev opens the game with his first double. But he’s soon 15 before chasing a drop, reading a rag, and finally knocking away a moon ball. he allows himself a crooked grin and he could well. He will go shot after shot with Novak Djokovic in a grand final! I have no idea how these guys hold it down, no idea at all; My eyeballs would sweat with the overstimulation throughout the show, and Djokovic feels some weakness and increases the power to 30-40 before forcing a forehand error! He breaks back instantly, and that’s a very powerful message indeed.
* Djokovic 7-5 0-1 Medvedev This set was a whole story in itself. Djokovic started quickly and Medvedev took over before the big dog tipped his money off for lunch. Well, Medvedev has been given support, and at 15 it all climbs into a series of forehead sections that have been hit flat and hard, only to stay a fraction long on a key. although Djokovic helped him along with a brutal second serve. Medvedev is still sitting a few meters behind the baseline, which allows Djokovic, who is planted on it, to attack … but he goes long with a backhand and now has to defend a breakpoint. And Medvedev is right there instigating a networked backhand, and we didn’t need confirmation that he was there, but he fell in our ears anyway.
Djokovic 7-5 Medvedev * Let’s go. Medevedev groans back during the points; that seems indicative, and Djokovic groans himself when he punishes a forehand winner down the line. And look! Medvedev has a brilliant return on the defensive and zoned a backhand over the net, which Djokovic can send off well. A brilliant return then facilitates a forehand winner. three setpoints. It would be such a no-brainer, but Medvedev finds two huge serves, the second an ace … that’s great behavior. But then he catches a forehand and after playing a brilliant set he tossed it and let it pull out of him at the same time! Djokovic is cold.
* Djokovic 6-5 Medvedev Medvedev is now playing from closer to the baseline but Djokovic makes it 30-0, even though he’s well positioned to take the second of those points considering how baitful his drop shot is was. However, he rustles a love grip; can he get enough return to increase that
Djokovic 5-5 Medvedev * Medvedev still looks better when he makes it 30-0. He’s playing his own game while Djokovic looks for ways to take it away from him. He quickly secures a love hold and when we go to a breaker I know where my money is going.
* Djokovic 5-4 Medvedev This is excellent from Medvedev, who again overtook Djokovic from behind for 0-15; He misses so few balls, which makes him a tricky opponent for a man who can usually rely on his superior consistency. But Djokovic has served so well in this tournament and is soon at 40-15; Medvedev then reads a short aloud and comes on the net to post his winner … but he jumps to the top of the net. It will now serve to stay on the set.
Djokovic 4-4 Medvedev * Medvedev serves really well now â ???? he must ???? but after this shot he brings 15-0, he collects brilliantly for 30-0. The points are now longer and they are equal in this aspect, Djokovic takes the next … so Medvedev replies with an ace … and another .
* Djokovic 4-3 Medvedev Medvedev has to use this little time if he can, but Djokovic refuses to let him and stops at 15; We could get into this strangely elusive circumstance where both players play well at the same time. This has all the ingredients of a jazz musician for the ages.
Djokovic 3-3 Medvedev * Medvedev is suddenly hotter than the Earth’s core, and a backhand winner is supported by an ace in the middle. Djokovic reacts by going long and far before a backhand is too good for him. This has what it takes; If you can sit down, you absolutely must.
* Djokovic 3-2 Medvedev A booming forehand – another booming forehand â ???? gives Djokovic 15-0 but because he leaves for his shots he always tends to get lost and goes a long time on the next point … then nets off the net. Medvedev took all the pace off his forehand and had a small chance at 3:30 p.m. on the second serve. Here we go! Medvedev, the longest rally in the game to date, stops grunting. He’s now settled down and starting to dictate so Djokovic tries a drop to end things … and nets! Two breakback points … two sensational points from Medvedev lifting moonballs in flight; When the second lands in the forehand corner and jumps almost head high, Djokovic sets nets! We’re back on the serve and got ourselves a ball game!
Djokovic 3-1 Medvedev * Yes, ok; Djokovic is on it. He puts in a forehand return for 15-0, but Medvedev responds with his first ace … and his second. He likes what you like. Next, another big delivery is too good before Djokovic makes 40-30 by winning another rally. Medvedev has yet to take one of these, which must be a worry. Djokovic is right on the line, and although he longs to give Medvedev his first game, he controls the exchange at the moment.
* Djokovic 3-0 Medvedev Medvedev knew this was going to be difficult, but now he knows it will be the most difficult. Djokovic holds onto love and looks pretty ridiculous out there. Medvedev must sit down and fast; He came back from two sets to bring Nadal to a decision when they met in the 2019 US Open Final, but that’s not really the best way to get things done.
Djokovic 2-0 Medvedev * A great opening point for Medvedev, a ninja-style forehand whip that made him 15-0; that will feel good. But three consecutive mistakes give Djokovic 15-40, the first breakpoint, which was then saved with a big forehand down the line, flat as Dutch milk, before Djokovic wins a rally from the baseline! Welcome to the match, Daniil old pal!
* Djokovic 1-0 Medvedev Ahahahaha! Djokovic starts with an ace in the middle and then comes from a backhand approach that is too good on its own. Nicely done. A forehand winner follows, then a backhand into the net; Medvedev won’t feel like he’s in the match just yet, but he has a mini snoop that is quickly taken away from him, another serve that keeps the game secure.
My colleague Emma Kemp tells me that the woman who sang the Australian Open used the phrase « young and free ». instead of the new, inclusive phrase « one and free ». A timely reminder that not everything changes.
« I always love the optimistic notes about outsiders that come at this point for the expert to expertly break down. » says Ramapriya. Djokovic will do that. Rod Laver and Co have to come up with excuses why Medvedev wasn’t quite what it has to offer.
I’m not sure about that. Medvedev knows a lot and has already reached a grand finale.
The superficial way Medvedev disposed of Tsitsipas on Friday was very impressive. Granted, he recovered from the physical and emotional strain of recovering from two sets to beat Nadal, but Medvedev was merciless.
Mischa Zverev is of the opinion that Medvedev needs speed on the ball, so Djokovic should vary the speed of his basic strokes. I suspect we’ll see him get a good distance into the net, but that’s fraught with danger considering how shallowly it hits Medvedev.
Obviously Dominic Thiem won the US Open, but the last time anyone other than him, he or he won a slam that he, he and he played was Stan Wawrinka, who won on Flushing Meadow in 2016 . I won 61 of the last 70.
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At Eurosport, Mats thinks Medvedev is Djokovic’s greatest emotional challenge, and I agree. He has the least that can be wrong, both with his game and on his mind. I would be staggered, if he doesn’t show up tonight.
Here’s more of him: The final game of the Australian Open in 2021 will take place in what is likely the coolest conditions of the tournament and under a blurred sky. The splashes of color around Melbourne Park are more welcome than ever, including the portrait of Novak Djokovic, the fans of Nole and the final of the Glam Slam on Court 3. Surprisingly, there was more applause for Daniil Medvedev than the eight-time champion in RLA than their names were mentioned a few moments ago. « ????
Our man Jonathan Howcroft is on the ground in Melbourne Park. Rod Laver Arena will be 85% full tonight, which is a nice thing.
Of the three, Medvedev is the most ready. Thiem is a beautiful one he mover, the best on tour, but mentally he’s not that impervious to everything while Tsitsipas has more shots so more can go wrong.
It’s really fun, we seem to be at a similar stage in the women’s game. For the first time in a generation, Serena’s best is no longer the best, and her no-best is not enough to care about the best. I suspect Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek are taking it away from here, just as Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Thiem are doing.
So how do we think this will work? Well, I feel silly when I say this, but I’ll say Medvedev in five. Zverev brought Djokovic to a decision without playing so well and without ever really looking like he could win. Medvedev is better than him and will play better and while Djokovic is and will be, it just feels like the wheel is spinning.
Bob Marley once sang that « none of them can stop time ». an idea expanded by Nas who stated that « time is illmatic » a ???? not just an incredible force, but the incredible force and necessarily relentless in essence.
All very true, but neither of them had experienced a pandemic. Things are different now, and the way we measure our lives could never be the same, the simple passage of days that take on a different meaning or mean nothing at all. How on earth can we grasp what happened and what happens when we don’t have a context to put it in? When it all stops When we don’t experience joy, change, and the touch of those closest to us? then are we still alive?
Tennis is here to save us. If Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic, then for the first time since July 2003 the best men’s player in the world won’t be him, him, him or him. It’s true that one win won’t get Medvedev to number one, but in the end it comes down to winning majors who aren’t at the top of the list and your boy has won 20 games in a row, 13 of them against the top 10 -Player. If he can get just one step up this run, we can be sure we won’t get stuck in what Doc Emmet Brown has called the « paradox ». that we really exist.
Medvedev has won three of the last four games between the players and is that rarity on tour: someone who annoys Djokovic rather than annoys him. Somehow the Serb is frightened by a non-lethal opponent who does nothing but hit the round thing into the rectangular thing over and over again, right near the baseline where it’s hard to come back.
And that’s how it should be. It is no joke to compete against someone as monomaniacal as Medvedev. This is even more true if your game is about taking part in rallies longer than your opponent, and although Djokovic’s angled forehand? this hook shot out of the middle that pretty much only he can play ???? will cause trouble, it is not one that unfolds in every point. He will have done some serious thinking to prepare.
Of course, Djokovic has already done 17 times what Medvedev tried for the first time and that is a major factor for him, including serving more aces than ever before . But he plays an opponent who he knows will show up and the injury he sustains will remind him that, as Leonard Cohen reminds us, it’s later than he thinks. Will there always be time for professional athletes? and that could only be epoch-making.
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