MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Daniil Medvedev had the enviable file of defeating Novak Djokovic in three out of their final 4 matches earlier than the Australian Open closing, 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 Area for his second main closing, having received the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals and the team-based ATP Cup in a 20-match profitable streak that included 12 straight wins over top-10 opponents.
However his unbeaten run and the previous file counted for nothing as Djokovic tutored him on his “front room”, displaying him how he has managed to stay unscathed in 9 Australian Open finals with a 7-5 6-2 6-2 victory.
“I really feel like I might have performed higher,” Medvedev instructed reporters, when requested to clarify if he performed badly or Djokovic was too good. “Particularly wanting on the matches the place I performed him.
“On the similar time there’s at all times a query possibly he was not that good (throughout) the opposite matches I performed him … the query is how did he handle to win right here 9 instances out of 9. Most likely all 9 instances he was higher than his opponent.
“He undoubtedly was good. I undoubtedly might have completed higher. However even when I might have completed higher, does not imply that the rating could be totally different … At present we’ve got this rating. I am the loser; he is the winner. That is the purpose.”
Medvedev misplaced in a fifth set decider towards Rafa Nadal in his maiden Grand Slam closing on the 2019 U.S. Open.
He mentioned the defeat in New York damage greater than his Australian Open loss as he had extra possibilities to win that day.
“However each losses damage,” the 25-year-old mentioned. “The one factor that retains me heat is that I at all times attempt to do my finest on the courtroom. I believe I bought nearer as a result of I at all times say expertise is the important thing for me.
“Subsequent time if I play Novak ever right here within the closing, I’m going to do some issues on the courtroom, possibly off the courtroom additionally, in another way as a result of a minimum of I might have this expertise the place he received (towards) me simple.
“Does not imply that I’ll succeed, however that is (the) lifetime of a tennis participant.”
Labelling Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic as his three most troublesome opponents and “cyborgs of tennis”, Medvedev mentioned he could be comfortable to win a Grand Slam towards any opponent.
“I had two (Grand Slam) possibilities. I misplaced each of them. Hopefully I’ll have some extra.”
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