When and where to watch Djokovic vs Medvedev

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 21, 2021

Novak Djokovic faces Daniil Medvedev in the men's final of the 2021 Australian Open tennis tournament on Sunday, February 21, 2021 (2/21/21) at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

"Spice it up a little bit", by adding a new name to the list of Slam champs, suggested Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 22-year-old who came back from two sets down to eliminate Nadal in the quarterfinals before losing to Medvedev 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals. Medvedev is on a 20-match winning streak that includes 12 wins against Top 10 opponents, with one of those coming against Djokovic last season.

The duo won their respective semi-finals in straight sets with Djokovic seemingly shrugging off a lingering injury in the process and Medvedev proving he's ready to deny the Serbian star a ninth Australian Open title.

Long rallies ensued and it went with serve until some brilliant groundstrokes from Djokovic earned three break points at 6-5.

As things slipped away, Medvedev bounced his white racket off the blue court, then absolutely destroyed it with a full-on spike.

He had broken to begin that set but Djokovic then reeled off four games in a row.

He now has won six Grand Slam titles after the age of 30, equalling Nadal's record.

Medvedev is, on average, returning first serves from more than three metres behind the baseline - Djokovic typically lingers just two metres back - and more than two metres behind the baseline on second-serve returns. Medvedev saved two but not the third to lose the opening set.

"Thanks to this court, the Rod Laver Arena, I love you each year more and more - the love affair keeps going", said a relieved Djokovic, while paying tribute to Medvedev.

Djokovic consolidated with a serve to love before the Russian finally got off the mark with a wobbly hold for 1-3.

There were several lengthy exchanges at the baseline that lasted at least 10 strokes in that set, and Djokovic held an 8-5 advantage on those points.

Medvedev is aiming for his first major championship. Spectators were barred for five days earlier in the tournament because of a COVID-19 lockdown, but they eventually were let back in at 50% capacity.

The temperature is in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (below 20 Celsius).

Yeah, right. We're talking about Djokovic at Melbourne Park, where his dominance is most certainly intact - nine finals, nine championships. "It's a matter of time before you're going to hold a Grand Slam, that's for sure".

Novak Djokovic lost his first career Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open.

On a cool, cloudy evening, an event delayed three weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic concluded with an announced attendance of 7,426 at Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic is seeded No. 1 and the two-time defending champion. "I mean, nine Grand Slams in Australia and 18 total is awesome and probably not the last one". He is about a year younger than Nadal and 6 1/2 younger than Federer, who turns 40 in August and hasn't competed in more than a year after two knee operations.

And then he joked to Medvedev, a 25-year-old from Russian Federation who hadn't lost to anyone since October: "If you don't mind waiting a few more years".

Djokovic broke in half of Medvedev's 14 service games, won 73% of the points when his own first serves went in and 58% on seconds.

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