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'Novak Djokovic achieved a level of excellence in final,' says Daniil Medvedev's coach

Novak Djokovic Australian Open trophy

The biggest problem Daniil Medvedev had in the Australian Open final was that Novak Djokovic 'was at a level of excellence,' says coach Gilles Cervara.

Medvedev was well-fancied before the final as he came into it on the back of a 20-match winning run, over half of them coming against top ten players.

There were also fitness concerns about Djokovic, who tore his abdomen in the third round.

And while Cervara believes Medvedev was 'not up to par,' he also says Djokovic's level cannot be ignored.

“It was a conjunction of several things,” Cervara explained when asked what went wrong in the Australian Open final, as quoted by Ubitennis Italia.

“First of all Djokovic's level and his determination: he was at a level of excellence.

"What did Daniil go wrong? It is difficult for people to understand the mistakes made because it is something invisible in this case.

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"We are talking about the right level of energy, the 'fire' that you must have within you on these occasions.

"Unfortunately, in the final all these things were not up to par."

Although overpowered by Djokovic in the final, Medvedev was still a genuine stand-out player in Melbourne and now has two Grand Slam finals under his belt.

That, according to Cervara, represents significant progress.

“This is proof that what we did at the end of last season is a step forward," he said.

"And with this new upgrade, Daniil is close to winning a Grand Slam, even if he still has to improve some small details in his game.”

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