Medvedev booked his ticket to his maiden final at Melbourne Park on Friday evening, dispatching No.5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight-sets to take his winning streak to a remarkable 20 matches.
The Russian comes into the men’s final in a rare vein of form, having defeated every player in the top 10 outside of the injured Roger Federer since November.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed success against the world No.1 as well, winning three of the last four contests between the pair, but toppling the king of Melbourne Park in an Australian Open final, where he is currently 8-0, is a different challenge altogether.
“I think he’s the favorite because he didn’t lose. In eight occasions that he was here in the semis he won the tournament,” Medvedev said after his semi-final win.
“I’m the challenger, the guy that challenge the guy who was eight times in the final and won eight times, and I’m happy about it.
“When I say no pressure, for sure when we get out there we both feel pressure. I want to win my first one. He wants to win No. 18. We don’t know for who the crowd is going to be.
“It’s all the small details. I think if we talk in general, well, I have nothing to lose, to be honest.”
Medvedev also issued a response to Djokovic’s claim after his own semi-final win where he stated that he would not cede his throne to tennis’ next generation any time soon.
“When Novak says he’s not gonna hand anything to somebody, I believe him. I’m not gonna say I don’t trust him. I trust him,” he said.
“So I know that to beat him you need to just show your best tennis, be at your best physically maybe four or five hours, and be at your best mentally maybe for five hours.
“Never know how the match is going to go. I would say to win a slam, especially against somebody (like) Novak, is already a big motivation, and I don’t think there is anything that can make it bigger.
“I like Novak. I appreciate him as a tennis player, and I should say as a person.
“So I don’t take these words for sure as something negative. As I say, I’m quite motivated without those words.”
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