“Defeating Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open is as difficult as defeating Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros” – Matt Villander

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    Novak Djokovic won the record 9th Australian Open title on Sunday, followed by Matt Willander, who compared Serb’s dominance in Melbourne to Rafael Nadal of Roland Garros.

    Matt Villander himself is a former Australian Open champion, having won the title three times (1983, 1984 and 1988). The Sved won the Australian Open and the French Open more than once (three times each) – a feat that none of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer can take.

    Analyzing Novak Djokovic’s stunning win over Daniel Medvedev, Wilander revealed that he found the Serbs as hard to beat at Melbourne Park as Rafael Nadal on the earthen ground of Paris.

    “When you see Novak playing at the Australian Open, it is as difficult to beat him here as it is to defeat Rafa Nadal in Roland Garros.”

    Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2020 French Open“>
    Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the final of 2020 French Open

    Wilander also said that Djokovic played his best tennis during the business end of this year’s Australian Open.

    “The last two matches were fearless – they just didn’t make a mistake in the semi-finals or the finals,” The Sweed went on.

    According to Matt Willander, Novak Djokovic’s dominance at the Australian Open is particularly commendable, given how it is not easy to assert himself in fast conditions.

    “It shouldn’t be because it’s a fast court, it should be a lot more difficult,” Villander said. “But he looks so solid, so confident, and once he moves, I don’t know what to do.”

    With their continued and seemingly endless success, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have established a Struggle in their favorites Major – Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon respectively. Matt Villander expressed his awe by marking these events as the ‘living room’ of the three greats.

    Roger Federer has eight Wimbledon titles to his name“>
    Roger Federer has eight Wimbledon titles

    “It’s amazing how Djokovic has claimed the Australian Open as his home slam,” Wilander continued. “Rafa has Roland Garros as his home slam, and Roger Federer has Wimbledon as his home. So it’s amazing how they all dominate in their own living rooms.”

    According to Sved, Novak Djokovic is the favorite to name the US Open as well as the Wimbledon title this year.

    “Now we are beginning to think that Novak is the favorite to win the US Open because it is a tough court,” said Swayde. “Wimbledon. Probably her favorite.”

    Novak Djokovic got his dream started: Matt Villander

    Novak Djokovic in action against Daniil Medvedev“>
    Nonik Djokovic takes action against Daniel Medvedev

    Grabbing his attention for the first few minutes of the final, Matt Willander said that Novak Djokovic got off to a great start.

    The Serbs broke Daniel Medvedev’s serve to find themselves 3–0 in the first set. But the Russian soon found his feet, drawing on a 3-all level, with several pioneers – including Willander – believing that the two were going to turn this confrontation into a Titanic detour.

    “It was an incredible performance; Djokovic got the start of the dream, and then Medvedev somehow came back and you thought maybe it was turning into a tough match,” said Villender.

    But after that Novak Djokovic did what he did best, and lifted his level in key moments to take the first set 7-5. Willander reported that the Serbs improved as the match progressed, while Djokovic won the points, praising the versatility.

    “But then Novak just played better and better and better,” added Sved. “A little hiccup started in the second set, but she is very solid, and she wins the points in so many different ways.”

    Published 21 February 2021 23:02 CET

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