‘Daniil Medvedev is the most difficult opponent Novak Djokovic could have,’ says Boris Becker

Former Grand Slam Champion Boris Becker has been looking ahead to the Australian Open final between world number one Novak Djokovic and in-form Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic has been in eight Australian Open finals and won all eight, but has had a difficult tournament so far this year suffering with an abdomen injury.

Medvedev, meanwhile, has only reached one Grand Slam final and is yet to win a major, but is coming into it on a 20-match winning streak, including eleven against top ten opposition.

Head to head stats between the two players couldn’t be closer with Djokovic winning four and Medvedev with three. However, the Russian has won three of their last four meetings, the last of which was just three months ago in the ATP finals.

Boris Becker, who has previously been on Djokovic’s coaching team, and is now a tennis analyst, believes that despite the Serbian’s experience at Rod Laver Arena, Medvedev’s unpredictability could cause problems.

“If you asked Novak Djokovic who he would have preferred to play Tsitsipas or Medvedev, he would probably have said Tsitsipas,” Becker told Eurosport Germany.

“Medvedev plays too unpredictable and also has this fantastic run: winning the 20th match in a row.

“He’s the player of the moment, but he’s playing the eight-time Australian Open winner in Melbourne, Novak Djokovic.

“The Australian Open is Novak Djokovic’s favorite tournament. He has won the tournament eight times, that also does something to the opponent.

“Novak is the favorite for me. But Medvedev is the most difficult opponent he can have in the final. The young Russian can win that, too.

“How many times has he [Novak Djokovic] done it? Eight times. How many times has he won it? Eight times. Something happens to the player then: he feels special and he has won 17 Grand Slams.

“But it will be a tough match against Medvedev.”

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