MELBOURNE – Daniil Medvedev had the enviable record of beating Novak Djokovic in three of his last four appearances heading into the Australian Open final, but after Sunday’s beating the Russian wondered if his best would have made a difference.
Medvedev marched to the lighted Rod Laver Arena for his second Grand Final, having won the Paris Masters, ATP Finals and ATP Tag Team Cup in a 20-game winning streak including 12 straight wins over top 10 opponents .
But his undefeated run and past record counted for nothing as Djokovic framed him in his “living room”, showing him how he managed to stay unscathed in nine Australian Open finals with a 7 victory. -5 6-2 6-2.
“I think I could have played better,” Medvedev told reporters, when asked to explain whether he had played poorly or whether Djokovic was too good. “Especially looking at the matches where I played it.
“At the same time there is always a question maybe he was not so good (during) the other matches that I have played for 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 was really good. I certainly could have done better. But even if I would have done better, that does not mean that the score would be different… Today we have this score. I am the loser; he is the winner. That’s the point.”
Medvedev lost in a decisive fifth set to Rafa Nadal in his first Grand Slam final at the 2019 US Open.
He said the loss to New York hurt him more than his loss at the Australian Open because he had more chances of winning that day.
“But both losses hurt,” the 25-year-old said. “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 that experience is key for me.
“Next time I play against Novak here in the final I’m going to do some things on the court, maybe off the pitch too, differently because at least I would have that experience where he won (against) me easily.
“That doesn’t mean I’ll be successful, but it is (the) life of a tennis player.”
Calling Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic his three toughest opponents and “tennis cyborgs”, Medvedev said he would be happy to win a Grand Slam against any opponent.
“I had two chances (of the Grand Slam). I lost both. I hope I will have more. “
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