Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will share Rod Laver Arena on Sunday to determine the Australian Open winner for the year 2021. The two guys have shown the best possible form at this tournament and fully deserved to reach this stage. While Djokovic stands as the greatest champion Aussie Open ever had, Medvedev is the rising star, and one of the Serbian ace’s potential successors. Per many, his game might match Djokovic’s on Sunday, which only adds more spice to this final.
Djokovic vs Medvedev Schedule
- Where: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
- When: Sunday, February 21, 3:30am ET
- How to Watch: Eurosport
Djokovic vs Medvedev Odds
Djokovic vs Medvedev Preview
Novak Extending His Legacy
So far, Djokovic played in eight finals here, and won all of them. If there is a person who loves appearing at the Rod Laver Arena, that would be the Serbian fella. The weather, the conditions, surface, he pretty much loves anything that has a connection with the Australian Open.
We need to say that his performances during this campaign haven’t been confident as before, and that he lost at least a set in each match up until the semis once he routinely defeated Aslan Karatsev, 3-0. However, his path towards the title clash was not favorable at all.
You all know that this edition of AO has the fastest surface in the last couple of years, and Djokovic faced players with ferrocious serve in each event, Tiafoe, Fritz, Raonic, and Alexander Zverev. So it is no wonder why he dropped a set here and there.
Medvedev Wants Confirmation
The Russian is one of the most underestimated players on tour. Why? We don’t know, but what we do know, is that he plays hard to prove wrong all the doubters and haters. Sometimes he gives too much of his emotions, with the people misunderstanding his behavior.
Unlike Djokovic, Medvedev had just one match in which he lost sets, and that was a scare in the third round against Filip Krajinovic, whom he defeated 3-2, but allowing the Serb to come back from being down 0-1. Yet, the last set saw him smashing the rival 6-0.
The fourth-seeded player was impeccable in the quarter and semifinals versus his compatriot, Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. He wouldn’t allow these two guys a single opportunity for making some kind of a breakthrough.
Djokovic vs Medvedev Head to Head
These two guys played seven times before, and Novak has a slightly better record with 4 wins and three losses. The last match was at the Nitto ATP Finals, where Medvedev routinely defeated Djokovic, 6-3, 6-3.
Djokovic vs Medvedev Prediction and Pick
Novak is a slight favorite here, but we wouldn’t challenge our luck with picking the winner in this battle. Instead, we would bet on the total number of games here, with the odds on Over 40.5, sitting at -110. This match is bound to see at least four sets, with one of them probably including a tiebreak. Novak’s finals are exhausting and often end with all five sets, which is why we decided to go with this suggestion.
Over 40.5 games -110