It is miles the irresistible force versus the immovable object as Daniil Medvedev tries to finish Novak Djokovic’s converse domination of Melbourne Park.
Medvedev is riding a 20-match winning trail stretching inspire to October, while Djokovic is unbeaten in his past 26 outings in Australia and has reigned supreme in all eight of his previous Australian Open finals.
But something has to give in Sunday’s huge-slam showdown that even the bookmakers can barely reduce up.
No subject owning 17 main titles to Medvedev’s none, Djokovic is finest a dinky favorite and is conscious of he faces an almighty take a look at against the rampaging Russian.
In sweeping to titles in Paris, the World Tour Finals and helping Russia to the ATP Cup, Medvedev has taken down every member of the head 10 other than for the sidelined Roger Federer.
“Or no longer it is a must to inquire of that you’re going to play the finals against certainly among the appropriate players in the field,” Djokovic talked about.
“To win certainly among the supreme titles in the field, you contain gotten to be the appropriate. I will be certain that I’m ready for that.
“Daniil Medvedev is the participant to beat. He’s on a huge winning trail. He ended out the season in the appropriate doable sort.
“I suggest, winning rather very without grief in fact against high players, against myself in straight sets in London, and he factual has improved lots.”
Djokovic himself has gained 11 straight fits against high-10 opponents, however the sizable Serb can no longer find fault in Medvedev’s supreme all-courtroom recreation.
“He has a huge abet. For a gargantuan man, he strikes extremely well,” the field No.1 talked about.
“Forehand doubtless turned into once his weaker shot, however he has improved that besides. Backhand is as honest unswerving because it will get.
“He’s so sincere. He would no longer give you grand. But he is rarely any longer afraid in the intervening time to attack and rep to the online and opt it to his opponents.
“He’s factual so sincere. I heard Jim Courier calling him a grasp chess participant thanks to the near he tactically positions himself on the courtroom, and it be actual.
“He’s definitely a in fact excellent tennis participant.”
At 25 years and 10 days musty, Medvedev is the youngest Australian Open males’s singles finalist since Djokovic himself in 2012, and is bidding to alter into the youngest males’s main winner since the Serb claimed his third title in Melbourne that 12 months.
The sector No.4 is up for the difficulty.
“I win to play against Novak. We contain got, since the first one when I turned into once ranked 60, we had always subtle fits physically, mentally,” talked about Medvedev, who trails Djokovic 4-3 head-to-head.
“He’s certainly among the supreme tennis players in the history of tennis, so playing the final against him is astounding. I’m in fact relaxed about it. Let’s detect what happens on Sunday.
“He’s the favorite on story of he did no longer lose. In eight times that he turned into once right here in the semis, he gained the tournament.
“Me? I’m no longer an outsider, however I’m the challenger, the man that divulge the man who turned into once eight times in the final and gained eight times. And I’m relaxed about it.
“When I issue no strain, for distinct when we rep available we every feel strain. I desire to win my first one. He needs to win No.18.
“But, if we say in general, well, I in fact contain nothing to lose to be honest.”