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‘Novak Djokovic level has dropped’ – next Australian Opponent Medvedev


Medvedev fancies his chances (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Daniil Medvedev is confident of securing a fourth-round upset against Novak Djokovic on Monday and insists the world No. 1 is not the player he once was.

The 22-year-old Russian has been in stunning form at Melbourne Park, winning all of his matches in straight sets, and has established himself as one of the most fearsome hard court players on the planet.

Djokovic booked his spot in the last-16 with a win over Medvedev’s fellow Next Gen star Denis Shapovalov but sources close to the Serb believe the 15th seed poses a far greater threat.

Medvedev’s style is somewhat unorthodox and he is capable of punishing his opponents with his flat hitting – a tactic that has proved particularly effective in the past six months on this surface.

Medvedev fancies his chances against the Serb (Picture: Getty Images)

Of course, Djokovic remains the favourite to book a spot in the quarter-finals, but Medvedev is not fearful of the world No. 1 and believes defeats to young guns Karen Khachanov, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev in the past six months have exposed a dip in the level of the 14-time major winner.

‘What I can only say is that probably he is not playing as he was before,’ Medvedev told reporters after knocking out 21st seed David Goffin.

‘Or that’s just [my] feeling. Because before, when he was young, I was just watching on TV but it was just something insane when he was playing Andy [Murray] or somebody for five hours and you couldn’t see one down (level), it was only up.

‘It’s not the same right now, you always have chances to beat him.

‘That’s why he lost three times to ‘Next Gen’ players last year and I’m going to try to find my chances.’





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