The Wolf predicted Daniil Medvedev to face Novak Djokovic in the Final pre-tournament, tipping the Russian to win his first major at $5, and he’s confident as ever that we’ll see a maiden Australian Open champion.
Here are The Wolf’s Australian Open Men’s Final tips.
Novak Djokovic will go for his ninth Australian Open title on Sunday when he faces Russian Daniil Medvedev who will be playing in his first Australian Open Final, and only his second Grand Slam Final over his career.
The Djokovic record is incredible – he’s 8-0 in Australian Open Finals over his career which has him as the $1.82 favourite in this, but he has not played the better tennis of these two this tournament.
The Serbian battled through ‘injury’ against Taylor Fritz in the third-round getting past the American in five sets with question marks raised how far he could go through the tournament whilst playing ‘injured’.
Well fortunately for Djokovic his fourth-round opponent was Milos Raonic – a man that had never beaten Djokovic in 11 attempts over their career and had won just the three sets against the world number one. The Quarter Final was tougher against Alexander Zverev – and the German had him on toast. But with Zverev up 4-1 in the third set, he did a ‘Zverev’ and dropped the next five games and eventually the match in four. As for the Semi Final, the ‘Djoker’ ended the sensational run of qualifier Aslan Karatsev, but this was the result we expected.
Medvedev on the other hand has taken down Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets – two players that if they were on Djokovic’s half of the draw, could have taken out the Serbian with Djokovic slightly off his game.
The Russian does not fear Djokovic, and in fact, has caused the Serbian a number of issues over the last two years. Djokovic leads the head-to-head record 4-3, but Medvedev has won three of their last four matches including a 6-3 6-3 win at last year’s ATP World Tour Finals in November. Djokovic’s one win from their last four meetings was also a battle, winning 6-4 in the third set at last year’s ATP Cup.
Medvedev’s form warrants a major – only one match so far this Australian has his opponent taken sets off him, and he has now won 20 consecutive matches leading into Sunday’s Final. The wins have certainly not been against nobodies either – incredibly 11 of the wins in his 20-match streak have been players in the top ten, including Djokovic, Nadal and Thiem.
The Russian is playing much better tennis, and since the 2019 US Open Final, he has improved and matured immensely. This is Medvedev’s moment – he’s going to hand Novak Djokovic his first ever Australian Open Final loss in four sets.