World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev revealed that he was excited to face Rafael Nadal again, saying he will give it his everything to deny his opponent.
Medvedev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4 6-1 to set up an Australian Open final against Nadal. With the Spaniard sitting on 20 Grand Slams at the moment, beating Medvedev will make him a record breaker.
However, the Russian beat Novak Djokovic in last year’s US Open final. He will now look to prevent the second member of the Big Three from winning Number 21 and establish himself even further.
Nevertheless, Medvedev revealed he was excited to face Nadal again, previewing the match and recalling the last time they met.
“I am going to play again against one of the greatest and against someone going for their 21st Grand Slam,” he said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“Grand Slam finals are special and I can remember the final against Rafa at the (2019) US Open. It was my first final and we played for about five hours.
“We have played a few matches since then and I am ready.”
“Some matches are very even,” Medvedev said after beating Tsitsipas.
“I missed some balls at a few moments where I could have got a break and he missed a few at the start of the third set.
“Then from 5-4 in the third (set), I just found some momentum and started to read his serve and put every ball in. I hit some very important passing shots and his energy went down because of this and my energy went up.
“After the match with Felix (Auger-Aliassime), I spoke to my coach and said, ‘How will I do it on Friday?’ I sat down in the locker room and was so dead, barely could move.
“But I tried to recover well and the next day I woke up and the moment I opened my eyes I thought it was not too bad and I could recover and that is what happened. I am happy today that it was not five hours so I can recover for the next one,” he concluded.