IMAGE: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev poses with the runners up plate following his last match towards Novak Djokovic. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Daniil Medvedev had the enviable file of defeating Novak Djokovic in three out of their final 4 matches earlier than the Australian Open last, however after Sunday’s thrashing the Russian was left questioning if his finest would have made any distinction.
Medvedev walked on to the floodlit Rod Laver Arena for his second main last, having gained the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals and the team-based ATP Cup in a 20-match successful streak that included 12 straight wins over top-10 opponents.
But his unbeaten run and the previous file counted for nothing as Djokovic tutored him on his “living room”, exhibiting him how he has managed to stay unscathed in 9 Australian Open finals with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory.
“I feel like I could have played better,” Medvedev instructed reporters, when requested to clarify if he performed badly or Djokovic was too good. “Especially looking at the matches where I played him.”
“At the same time there is always a question maybe he was not that good (during) the other matches I played him … the question is how did he manage to win here nine times out of nine. Probably all nine times he was better than his opponent.”
“He definitely was good. I definitely could have done better. But even if I would have done better, doesn’t mean that the score would be different … Today we have this score. I’m the loser; he’s the winner. That’s the point.”
Medvedev misplaced in a fifth set decider towards Rafa Nadal in his maiden Grand Slam last on the 2019 US Open.
He mentioned the defeat in New York damage more than his Australian Open loss as he had more chances to win that day.
“But both losses hurt,” the 25-year-old mentioned. “The only thing that keeps me warm is that I always try to do my best on the court. I think I got closer because I always say experience is the key for me.”
“Next time if I play Novak ever here in the final, I am going to do some things on the court, maybe off the court also, differently because at least I would have this experience where he won (against) me easy.”
“Doesn’t mean that I will succeed, but that’s (the) life of a tennis player.”
Labelling Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic as his three most tough opponents and ‘cyborgs of tennis’, Medvedev mentioned he can be pleased to win a Grand Slam towards any opponent.
“I had two (Grand Slam) chances. I lost both of them. Hopefully I will have some more.”