Daniil Medvedev has rubbished the idea that Australian Open final opponent Novak Djokovic would have ‘faked’ injury earlier in the tournament.
Djokovic has been criticised in some quarters so what they see as a suspiciously speedy recovery from the abdominal injury he sustained in the third round against Taylor Fritz.
After that match he said he believed his tournament could be over, but he was back on court two days later to beat Milos Raonic.
Medvedev, though, says it just doesn’t make any sense to suspect Djokovic of some elaborate ruse.
“I have seen a lot of matches from him because he plays in the evening and we are also in lockdown, so I was watching on the television,” Medvedev told the press in Melbourne.
“Actually, I didn’t finish three of his matches, I think, because he was playing too late and I went to sleep
“Against Fritz, I went to sleep. I actually thought he was gonna lose because we saw he was in pain.
“He couldn’t fake it to lose two sets. He was up.
“Next matches were for sure not easy. Against Sascha [Zverev] I went to sleep when he was down a break in the fourth. SO there was some crazy matches.
“[In the semi-final] he was on top of Aslan [Karatsev], and he said that he felt the best [he has in the tournament so far].
“So, yeah, I don’t expect anything easy in terms of his physical abilities on Sunday.”
For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.
Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?