Australian Open – Medvedev: “Even Djokovic can lose, sometimes”

Thomas Siniecki, Media365: published on Friday January 20, 2023 at 11:27 p.m.

Eighth in the world, Daniil Medvedev has been in trouble for several months. Beaten by Sebastian Korda in three sets (7-6, 6-3, 7-6) in the third round of the Australian Open, his start to the 2023 season is a far cry from that of last year.

Daniil Medvedev will break out of the top 10 in the world after the Australian Open, a first for him in more than three years (he hasn’t left the top ten in the ATP rankings since July 2019, when he arrived there) . “That’s why tennis is so difficult: in the top 30, everyone can beat everyone. Of course, we are more consistent in the top 10, and that’s why I go down (laughs ). But even Novak Djokovic can lose, sometimes. Fewer times than others, but apart from him, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the others lose even more. You just have to win more often.” Difficult to contradict the analysis of the Russian, limpid, he who has not progress beyond the round of 16 of a Grand Slam tournament in his last three appearances at this level – Roland-Garros and US Open in 2022, then this third round in Australia.

A period which also coincides with his accession to the throne, when he became world No. 1 in March (he was also from June to September). He admits that matches like the one he just lost against Sebastian Korda, are “difficult” for him: “He may have played a little better than his level, me just a little below what was needed… It’s probably a question of confidence, I don’t I didn’t. He won a little more long rallies, he touched the lines a little more. He just got better, I won a lot of games like that and I need to do that again.” Daniil Medvedev is expected in Rotterdam for his next tournament, from February 13. His last title is not so far away since it dates back to October, when he won in Vienna (he defeated Denis Shapovalov in the final, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2).

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