If we can say some tennis player is a hard opponent for Novak Djokovic, and that is not Rafael Nadal , then we would point the finger at Danilo Medvedev. The Russian tennis player, fourth on the ATP list, won against first racket in the world in two of the last three matches.
The Serb won the last clash at the ATP Cup this year, when he broke Medvedev's resistance after two hours and 49 minutes of play. "Exciting, exhausting, joyful, terrible," is how Novak described the last match against the 24-year-old Russian.
These two tennis players are fighting today (21.00) in London for the first place in Group A and a possible placement in the semifinals of the final masters in the British capital. Djokovic leads in victories with 4: 2. Djokovic, a round before the end, could be placed in the semifinals if he wins Medvedev, and in the first match of the day, Schwartzman will be better than Alexander Zverev.
Djokovic can go further if he wins in two sets, and Zverev defeats Schwartzman in three sets. The winner of this group could go to Raafel Nadal in the fight for the finals, but it is still early for calculations.
Medvedev is looking forward
After the victory over Zverev at the start of the tournament in London's O2 hall, Medvedev said that he was looking forward to a new showdown with Djokovic.
"I like to play against Novak. We always have difficult matches. I think that in these conditions we have here, we can have a good duel. We will both run well," Medvedev said. Last year, the Russian tennis player won two duels against Djokovic, at the masters in Monte Carlo and Cincinnati.
Both matches ended after three sets. Novak was better at the beginning of 2019 at the Australian Open in the eighth finals with 3: 1 after three hours and 20 minutes of play. In six their six matches, only once did a tennis player win with the maximum result.
It was in the semifinals of the grass tournament in Eastbourne, England in June 2017. It was 6: 4, 6: 4 for Djokovic. Medvedev handed over the match to Djokovic in the fourth set in Nis three years ago in the Davis Cup. Novak led with 2: 1 in sets, but the Russian could not continue the match.
"Since we had heavy points, I couldn't breathe deeply. There wasn't enough oxygen and air in the hall, so I started to spasm," said Medvedev at the time, who was just starting to make his way to the top of tennis.
In the first match of the day (15.00), Schwartzman and Zverev, who were defeated by Djokovic and Medvedev in the first round, play for survival in London. Both tennis players have two victories in mutual duels. This year, they played at the end of October in the final in Cologne. The German was convincing, celebrating with 2: 0 (6: 2, 6: 1) in just one hour and 11 minutes of play