Djokovic v Medvedev: Match-up, stats, track record, everything you need to know

All you need to know about the rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev

Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, US Open 2021

DJOKOVIC – MEDVEDEV: THE FACE-OFF

The confrontation between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev is becoming a classic! Since 2017 and the first confrontation on the circuit between the Serb and the Russian, the rivalry between the two men has grown, along with the progress made by the latter. It now takes centre stage in the hunt for the world No 1 spot. Djokovic won their most recent duel in the final of the 2021 Rolex Paris Masters.

Djokovic leads 6-4 over Medvedev. But after three consecutive losses in their first three meetings, Medvedev has won more times than the Serb since. In Grand Slam play, Djokovic leads 2-1, but after previously losing a Grand Slam final to the Serb at the 2021 Australian Open, Medvedev won the US Open final this season.

Eight of their 10 meetings have taken place on hard court, their favourite surface, where Djokovic leads 5-3. The latter won their only meeting on grass in Eastbourne in 2017, while Medvedev has the advantage on clay, surprisingly, thanks to his success in Monte-Carlo in 2019.

Daniil Medvedev & Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2021
Daniil Medvedev & Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2021

HOW MANY TITLES FOR DJOKOVIC AND MEDVEDEV?

Novak Djokovic’s and Daniil Medvedev’s achievements are not of equal weight and can hardly be compared because nine years separate the two men, who are obviously not at the same stage in their careers.

The Serb is one of the best players in history and at 34 is still chasing GOAT status, while he co-holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles with 20, tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. World No 1 for the first time in his career in 2011, Djokovic holds the record for the longest tenure at the top of world tennis (346 weeks at No. 1 as of November 6). He is assured of finishing 2021 as world No 1 for the seventh time in his career, surpassing the record he shared with Pete Sampras.

The 25-year-old Daniil Medvedev broke into the top 10 in 2019, a year that saw him explode on the top level with a remarkable end to the season that included a first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati and a first Grand Slam final at the US Open, when he pushed Rafael Nadal to the fifth set.

  • Novak Djokovic has won 86 titles in his career, including:
    Grand Slams: 20
    ATP Finals: 5
    Masters 1000s: 37
    ATP 500s: 14
    ATP 250: 10
  • Daniil Medvedev has won 13 titles in his career, including:
    Grand Slams: 1
    ATP Finals: 1
    Masters 1000s: 4
    ATP 500s: 1
    ATP 250s: 6
Novak Djokovic & Daniil Medvedev after the 2021 US Open Final
Novak Djokovic & Daniil Medvedev after the 2021 US Open Final ©

WHO IS STRONGER BETWEEN DJOKOVIC AND MEDVEDEV AT THE SAME AGE?

At 25, the age at which Daniil Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic had already won six Grand Slam titles. The Serb was a precocious phenomenon. He broke into the top 10 at 19 and lifted his first major the following year at the 2008 Australian Open, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final.

WHO HAS THE BEST STATS?

Novak Djokovic has won 982 matches in his career, compared to Daniil Medvedev‘s 213 (November 2021).
Novak Djokovic has the best win ratio in history, having won 83.2% of the matches he has played in his career (982 wins to 198 losses).
Daniil Medvedev has won 68.5% of the matches he has played in his career (213 wins to 98 losses).
On hard courts, Djokovic has won 84.2% of his matches compared to Medvedev’s 73.2%.
On clay, Djokovic has won 80.5% of his matches, while Medvedev won 41.7 per cent.
On grass, Djokovic has won 85% of his matches, while Medvedev won 64.1 per cent.

WHAT IS THE BEST MATCH BETWEEN DJOKOVIC AND MEDVEDEV?

On September 13, 2021, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev faced off in the US Open final. This match will go down in history as the one that denied Djokovic the calendar-year Grand Slam but also as the one that opened Medvedev’s Grand Slam account.

Djokovic arrived at Flushing Meadows having won the first three Grand Slams of the season. The undisputed world No. 1, the Serbian had announced his goal of making history and was one match away from winning every Grand Slam this season, a feat not accomplished since Rod Laver in 1969.

No 2 seed Daniil Medvedev warned before the tournament began: “We are here to stop Novak from winning the US Open. The Russian kept his promise. Stunned by the weight of history, Djokovic never really existed in this final, lost in three sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. On the other side of the court, Medvedev was imperious on his serve, returned perfectly by choosing to position himself far behind his line and didn’t leave Djokovic any angle by hitting hard.

As the match headed towards a surprise three-set victory, Medvedev was caught out as he served for the match at 5-2. On his first match point, he double-faulted. Djokovic erased a break point and pulled back to 5-4. As Djokovic returned to the bench, his fist clenched, he hinted that he was not going to take it lying down. But seconds later, the champion burst into tears in his briefcase to a standing ovation from the crowd, revealing the extent of the pressure he was now carrying on his shoulders. In his next service game, Medvedev held his nerve to win his first Grand Slam title on his third match point.

“I felt something I’ve never felt in my life here in New York,” the world number one told a press conference afterwards. “The crowd made me feel very special. They surprised me pleasantly. I didn’t know, I didn’t expect anything, but the amount of support and energy and love I got from the crowd was something I’ll remember forever. I mean, that’s why at the time of the changeover I just cried. The emotion, the energy was so strong. I mean, it’s as strong as winning 21 Grand Slams. That’s how I felt, honestly.”

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