It was something of a statement performance from Djokovic ahead of the Australian Open, with Medvedev one of the few players many believe could stop the nine-time title winner in Melbourne from adding to his trophy cabinet. With even the former world No 1 unable to dismantle a physically hampered Djokovic on Australian soil, his impending rivals will need to do a lot more if they want to beat him.
Djokovic will now face Korda in Sunday’s final, in what will be a first meeting between the 21-time Grand Slam champion and the 22-year-old. Korda advanced after Yoshihito Nishioka retired from their semi-final clash earlier in the day, with the American already leading 7-6(5) 1-0.
Speaking about the prospect of facing Djokovic for the first time, the world No 33 said: “Yeah, I mean, it’s massive. Playing either against Novak Djokovic, one of the greatest of all time, or Medvedev, who in the last couple years has been on the top. I’m really excited for it. It’s going to be a great learning experience for me no matter what the outcome. But I’m going to go for the win tomorrow and I’m going to give it my all.”