Former world number two Alex Corretja says he is expecting a lengthy, competitive Australian Open final with Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic likely to ‘kill each other.’
Medvedev is the form player in the ATP right now having won 20 matches in a row, including 12 against top ten opposition.
Djokovic, though, is still the world number one and has shown just how good he is by managing to fight his way to the Australian Open final despite suffering a clear injury in the third round.
And, according to Corretja, the final has all the makings of a potential classic.
Speaking ahead of the men’s final, Eurosport expert Corretja said: “I think they are going to kill each other!
“I am expecting a very long match, both play a very similar game style. They both need their serves, their backhands are both unbelievable.
“Forehands – Novak moves his wrist a little bit more, but not too much more, than Daniil. I think they will play like a mirror to each other, unbelievable back-hand cross court, they change down the line, both great competitors.
“The only thing I see a little bit different is that Novak Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam titles, with 8 of them in Melbourne.
“But if you just think about the shape of both of them, I think Medvedev has been showing that he is a guy coming to the tournament in a better shape and he kept that momentum going.
“He is going to be so, so difficult to beat and Novak will need to be at his best and will need to be very clear on his game plan and the way he wants to play because both are unbelievable defenders, they both like to attack but they usually don’t like to be in the attacking side all the time.
“It’s going to be interesting to see who is getting the dominance to the other side of the court and in which moments.
“They both rely on their serves, especially Daniil, even if Novak has improved so much. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went on for more than 3.5 or 4 hours because this is pretty much what I am expecting.
“If both players are healthy, we are going to have a hell of a match. Maybe I am leaning really slightly towards Novak but just slightly, maybe 55-45 in favour Novak.”
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