Former British number one Tim Henman has backed Daniil Medvedev to win the Australian Open if favourites Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal don’t.
Henman, who is a tennis analyst for Eurosport, believes Medvedev is the strongest of the younger generation and has the experience and skills to make the breakthrough.
Medvedev is due to play fellow Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinal of the Grand Slam and comes into the match on an 18-match winning streak, seven of which were against top ten players.
“Novak is the favourite, but if one of the younger generation or new generation are going to win this tournament then its Medvedev” said Henman.
“He’s playing at a very high level but also his game is a little bit unorthodox. He is serving very aggressively, he’s going for the big second serve, from the back of the court he is hitting very flat.
“Sometimes he looks like he’s a little bit off balance, but his movement for a tall player is exceptionally good.
“For me most importantly, with experience having been in the US Open final (in 2019), he’s won Masters 1000 events, I really feel that he believes his time is coming. So it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens.
“For me this is the beauty of sport. It’s not like a film, where there’s a script and we know what’s going to happen. We don’t know and that’s why we watch.
“Every day, every match, these players, men and women go out on the court and they have to prove why they are better than the other person across the other side of the net.
“The second half of the tournament in both the men’s and the women’s side is going to be fascinating.”
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