Sunday, February 21, 2021 – a perfect date for the most anticipated match on Rod Laver Arena as Daniil Medvedev aims to get his 21st consecutive win that will secure his first Grand Slam title, while the 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic aims to take the next step in order to approach the record of 20 Grand Slam titles set by his main rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Having won three of their last four head-to-head meetings, Daniil Medvedev will hope to earn another massive win against the World No. 1 in what’s arguably the most important clash between them. However, the Serb still holds a 4-3 lead in their head-to-head series.
This will be their first meeting since the 2020 ATP Finals when the Russian sealed a 6-3, 6-3 victory in a round-robin match to inspire his amazing run at the O2 Arena in London.
They already have history between them at the 2019 Australian Open when Djokovic triumphed in four sets when these two met in the Round of 16, but a lot has changed since.
Whereas Djokovic remains the same top player of highest quality and is among the usual suspects to win every major competition, particularly on hard courts, Medvedev’s progress saw him doing some impressive stuff and also collecting a few prestigious titles.
Novak Djokovic Betting Preview
The World No 1 swept to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev in less than two hours on Thursday and the Serb will surely embrace the few days off given his latest injury woes. However, during his post-match interview, Djokovic stated that he intends to complete at least one training session prior to the final, as he skipped training between games earlier in the competition.
All in all, top seed Djokovic had to endure a difficult path to the final, in which he had to overcome an abdominal injury, while showing his natural immense heart and exceptional talent to prevail in a number of challenging and close encounters, particularly the matches against USA’s Taylor Fritz, tricky Canadian Milos Raonic and the US Open finalist Alexander Zverev.
As already mentioned in our previous articles, the Serb becomes pretty much unplayable and is virtually unbeatable when he makes it to the semi finals at Melbourne Park, so Medvedev will have to overcome an opposition who has a remarkable pedigree in the competition and is also improving his game over the course of the tournament.
Amid his injury concerns and the “gamble” with his own health, Djokovic gained momentum and probably played out his best performance to end another Russian’s breakthrough when Djokovic breezed past qualifier Aslan Karatsev in straight-sets.
Novak Djokovic spoiled the fairy tale of his overachieving Russian opponent, but Karatsev has no reason to be unhappy and his incredible breakthrough will remain in history books.
Djokovic closed the match with back-to-back aces and the Serb generally enjoyed a much-needed, quick victory in less than two hours. It was probably his best performance at this year’s Australian Open and Djokovic’s ninth Australian Open title seems to be within his grasp should he manage to hold the tempo.
Daniil Medvedev Betting Preview
Daniil Medvedev will be keen to become the first player outside the Big Three in men’s tennis to lift the Australian Open title since Stan Wawrinka in 2014. With that said, Medvedev will also hope to become the first Russian to win a Grand Slam title since Marat Safin’s 2005 Australian Open triumph and with 20 straight wins, and 12 of them being against Top 10 players, Medvedev’s form really suggest how strong he is and that he feels really confident.
The 25-years-old Russian, who celebrated his birthday in Melbourne last week, stormed past Rafael Nadal’s conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and his 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 victory means he is through to his first Australian Open final.
Looking solid and with a poker face, Medvedev earned a 2-0 lead for a little more than an hour at Rod Laver Arena and managed to control his nerves to build on his domination when it was looking that the Greek could bid for the third set.
The No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev fired 17 aces to extend his remarkable winning streak to 20 matches, taking in the Paris Masters, ATP Finals and ATP Cup titles in the process.
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Daniil Medvedev is the pretender that hopes to dispute Novak Djokovic’s hegemony once the Serb reaches the semi-finals at Melbourne Park.
The new generation in men’s tennis is eager to dethrone the well established status quo of the Big Three but Djokovic already stated (in his post-match interview after the victory against Karatsev) they still have a lot of work to do and should not take anything for granted.
Djokovic will therefore step on the court as the overwhelming favorite at odds of -115 with BetOnline, but you just cannot rule out an in-form Daniil Medvedev, even though he is yet to win a Grand Slam title.
The Russian already has one Grand Slam final to his name when he reached the 2019 US Open showdown and although he lost the thrilling five-setter to another tennis great – Rafael Nadal – Medvedev showed us his fighting spirit when the Spaniard earned a 2-0 lead and when everyone expected the Russian to give up, but he managed to bounce back and won the subsequent two sets.
For us, it still remains a mystery how Medvedev cannot win a single match at the French Open, but his performance on hard-courts looks extremely solid and the Russian seems to be a very complete player.
We already tipped Daniil Medvedev to win the title in our Australian Open Betting Preview at odds of +450, so those who have followed could get a decent profit should the Russian finds the right strategy and remains composed to outplay his experienced opponent.
We expect a really tight duel between two excellent players – one of them having a recognizable background at Melbourne Park and overall career experience, and the other pretender riding the momentum of his current form and an incredible progress over the past couple of years.
Spooky Express Free Play: Over 40½ Games -110 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units