Daniil Medvedev heads to Melbourne and the Australian Open still believing he has the weapons to beat “best in the world” Novak Djokovic despite being outplayed by the Serbian star in Adelaide.
The Russian, a losing finalist at the last two Australian Opens, crashed 6-3, 6-4 to a dominant Djokovic on Friday evening in the Adelaide International semi-finals.
Despite the defeat, he said he felt “really great” and was in a good place heading into the opening Grand Slam of the year after an underperforming 2022, where he dropped to seventh in the world rankings.
“Novak is different league – 21 slams. That’s all we have to say. But generally positive and I need to stay positive because the first slam is coming,” he said after the defeat.
“You have to believe in yourself. I honestly say that before every match.
“Every time I play them (Djokovic and Rafael Nadal), before the match the only thought is I have to win, I have to try my best to win.
“I managed to do it. Rafa I think I beat only once, but still I managed to do it. I had some tough matches against him. Against Novak I won a slam.”
Since defeating Djokovic for the 2021 US Open title, Medvedev has been beaten three times by the Serb, who is back in Australia after missing last year’s Australian Open because of his vaccination status.
Medvedev almost beat Nadal at Melbourne Park last year in an epic final before going down in five sets.
While Djokovic and Nadal pose a serious threat to Medvedev’s quest for a second grand slam title, he got a boost last week when world number one Carlos Alcaraz pulled out injured.
The Russian said it was shame, but he was sure the young Spaniard would bounce back.
“It’s a pity. He’s one of the best players in the world,” he said.
“The way he played at 18 years old, he could be a little bit kind of Rafa, Novak, Roger (Federer) kind of guy. But he still has 19 slams to win.
“I’m sure he’s going to come back stronger.”
When is the Australian Open on?
The 2023 Australian Open starts on January 16, finishing with the men’s final on Sunday January 29. Play for the first four rounds starts at 10am.
— Men’s and women’s singles draw — Thursday January 12
— Round 1 — January 16-17
— Round 2 — January 18-19
— Round 3 — January 20-21
— Round 4 — January 22-23
— Quarterfinals — January 24-25
— Women’s Semi-finals — January 26
— Men’s Semi-finals — January 27
— Women’s singles final — January 28
— Men’s singles final — January 29
How to watch the 2023 Australian Open
The 2023 Australian Open is exclusive to Channel 9 and will be streamed across its owned platforms including the Nine Network on free-to-air TV, 9Now and Stan Sport.
Streaming fans will be able to watch all matches live and free on the 9Now app and, like Stan, allow fans to watch any match on any court.
Who are the defending champions?
Rafael Nadal became the first man to 21 grand slam singles titles after he downed Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 7-5 in a five and a half-hour thriller.
The women’s draw is wide open after Ash Barty’s retirement from the sport. She famously defeated American Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6.
2023 Australian Open Prizemoney
The 2023 Australian Open has a record high pool of $76.5 million with the winner getting $2.975m for their troubles.
The runner up will have plenty to drown their sorrows with a $1.625m purse, while semi-finalist will get $925,000.
Quarterfinalists – $555,250, fourth round – $338,250, third round — $227,925, second round $158,850, first round – $106,250.
Men’s and women’s doubles winners will take home $695,000, while runners up will nab $370,000.
Odds (as of Wednesday January 11)
Betr has Novak Djokovic ($1.90) and Iga Swiatek ($3) as the hot favourites to win the 2023 Australian Open.
But if you’re keen to follow the Aussies, Nick Kyrgios is the shortest odds at $12, behind only Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev ($6.50) and alongside Rafael Nadal ($12).
Otherwise Ajla Tomljanovic ($61) is the shortest of the Aussies, while Alex de Minaur is $101.