Novak Djokovic stronger than Daniil Medvedev in Adelaide

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Novak Djokovic stronger than Daniil Medvedev in Adelaide

It’s no secret that Novak Djokovic is hard to beat in Australia. He has not lost in this country since January 23, 2018, and signed with this semi-final his 33e consecutive victory. Daniil Medvedev, defeated for the fourth time in a row by the Serb, did not succeed in this challenge either.

In this new face-to-face between the two men, less epic than their recent confrontations, the Serb was very impressive, better in all areas of the game, once again imperturbable on serve (89% of points won behind his first ball), and clinic to save his three break points, including one on a second ball at … 200km / h.

If he seemed bothered by a pain in the thigh, it did not show too much on the court. And the Russian, by roomy gestures at the end of the match, seemed to tell his opponent that the latter still had some reserve. Best in the backhand sector, aggressive and very fair in his risk-taking, Novak Djokovic did not seem to be very disturbed to qualify for the final where he will find the American Sebastian Korda (33e global).

A 92e title in play sunday

Dominant in the exchange, Novak Djokovic seizes a first round where the Serb dictated the tempo and the rhythm by varying the effects and by seizing the net at the slightest opportunity. Taking advantage of a double fault on a very risky second ball from his opponent, Djokovic flew away very quickly to lead 4-1, and saved at 4-2 a break point on a ruthless acceleration in a long forehand line at the end of a grueling rally.

But if he seems stainless and almost invulnerable on his first ball (89% of points won), the Serb was bothered by pain in his left thigh. After stretching on the court, he called the physio and left the field at 5-2, without damage for the rest of the round which he concluded with an ace. The second set was more intense, with Medvedev holding up better and pushing harder.

But the Russian was broken at 3-3, again on a badly negotiated risk-taking which led to a double fault. In the next game, Djokovic managed to hold his serve in a game that got carried away by saving two break points, the second on an ace. And he ended up closing the match on three winning services.

Since Roland-Garros, the Serb has lost only one match in his last thirty played (against Holger Rune in the final at Bercy). He will aim against Korda his 92e title, which would put him tied with Nadal behind Connors (109), Federer (103) and Lendl (94).

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