‘Daniil Medvedev is the player to beat right now,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has labelled Daniil Medvedev as ‘the player to beat’ right now due to the Russian’s incredible winning streak.

Medvedev heads into his Australian Open semi-final having won 19 matches in a row.

That run has seen him win the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals, and lead Russia to the ATP Cup title, and he has beaten just about every top ten player going whilst doing it.

It’s a Djokovic-style run of form, and the Serbian knows he will provide a huge test should they meet in the final.

“Daniil Medvedev is the player to beat,” Djokovic told Eurosport. “He’s on a big winning streak.

“He ended out the season best possible fashion. I mean, winning quite comfortably, actually, against top players, against myself in straight sets in London, and he just has improved a lot.

“He has a big serve. For a tall guy, he moves extremely well. Forehand maybe was his weaker shot, but he has improved that, as well. Backhand is as good as it gets.

“He’s so solid. He doesn’t give you much. But he’s not afraid nowadays to attack and get to the net and take it to his opponents.

“Also, I heard Jim Courier calling him a master chess player because of the way he tactically positions himself on the court, and it’s true.

“You know, he’s definitely very smart tennis player.”

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