In the 18th Grand Slam crown quest, World No.1 Novak Djokovic needs to win one match at the Australian Open 2021. Meanwhile, No.1 seed Serbian admits that he is ready for the championship match regardless of his opponent.
“Recovery Is Still The Priority”, says Novak Djokovic
After ending Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev’s dream run on Thursday in the straight-sets(6-3, 6-4, 6-2), the 33-years-old from Belgrade advanced 28th Grand Slam final of his career.
Having suffered an abdominal injury during his third-round match against American Taylor Fritz, Djokovic said that he felt his best so far in the tournament after entering ninth final at the Melbourne Park elite event.
“I felt as best as I felt so far in the tournament tonight. Physically, mentally. I was hitting the ball very well, mixing the pace. I didn’t give him the same looks at all,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion said in a post-match interview.
Djokovic continued, “I always kind of kept him guessing and served well when I needed to get out of trouble, late in the second set. I’m very pleased with the performance. Before the last match in a Grand Slam (tournament), it came at the right time.”
The final match of the Australian Open 2021 is scheduled to take place on 21st February. As a result, the six-time year-end No.1 would get two days of rest, which could help him recover from physical health issues.
“Being in this situation many times (before), I think, helps gather all the necessary elements for me to peak at the right time, which is happening again. I’m obviously pleased about it. I’m also happy that I have two days off now. Recovery is still the priority,” the eight-time Aussie Open champion added.
“Medvedev and Tsitsipas, Both of These Guys, Are In Great Form”: Djokovic
Speaking about his final match, Serb said, “Regardless of who I face on Sunday, I’m ready for the toughest match of the tournament, without a doubt. Both of these guys are in great form.”
Faced each other seven-times so far, Djokovic leads 2020 ATP Finals champion 4-3 in their head 2 head series.
Wimbledon reigning went on to say, “Medvedev is playing [at] an extremely high (level). He’s on a winning match streak. He’s just the man to beat.”
In the overall six meetings, Novak leads 2019 ATP Finals title winner 4-2 in their head to head record.
“On the other hand, Tsitsipas produced some phenomenal tennis last night against Rafa. Coming back from two sets down against Rafa [at] a Grand Slam, any Grand Slam, is a huge effort,” Nole concluded.