‘I don’t really care about it’ – Medvedev determined to dash Djokovic dreams
With history on the line for Novak Djokovic, his final opponent Daniil Medvedev will not hand it to the world number one.
The men’s final will see the top two players in the world do battle for a second time in a Slam final, and Medvedev will not be wanting a repeat of the Australian Open back in February.
The Russian has the opportunity to rain on the Djokovic parade and stop the Serb from completing a historic Calendar Slam and achieving a 21st Major title.
“I think from my side, of course if I make this I’ll probably be in the history books as a little bit sour,” Medvedev said after making the final, on the subject of stopping Djokovic. “Like, not letting him do this.
“But I don’t really care about it. I think it’s more about him, that it affects him. Because, from one side for sure he’s gonna feel the pressure a little bit.
“From the other side that’s probably gonna make him even better in tough moments.
“I dunno, let’s say maybe he’s gonna be losing two sets to one or zero and have a break and maybe some other Slam, some other time he might not turn something up.
“[Not this time]. He will do everything to try to make it happen.”
At the first Slam of the season, Medvedev look set to really test Djokovic in the final, but ended up losing out in straight sets as he seemed overwhelmed by the occasion.
“I always give my best, but I feel like I didn’t leave my heart on the court in Melbourne even if of course I wanted to,” Medvedev continued. “There was something not turning up this match.
“That’s what I’m gonna try to do on Arthur Ashe with hopefully 100% fans. No matter the score I’m just gonna turn up the heat and try to do my best, more than what I did in Melbourne.”
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