NOVAK DJOKVOIC can put a difficult year behind him with victory at the Australian Open with victory over Daniil Medvedev.
In the past 12 months, the Serbian has won this tournament, created a Covid storm, been disqualified from another Grand Slam.
But the defiant star, 33, has battled back from his embarrassing exit at the US Open in September, where he was disqualified for hitting a ball at a line judge and faces Russian Medvedev, 25, in the Australian Open final.
What time does the Australian Open final start?
- The match starts at 8.30am UK time on Sunday, February 21.
- The final will start at 7.30pm local time in Melbourne.
What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?
- The Australian Open men’s singles final is on Eurosport 1 in the UK.
- Internationally, Eurosport are the main broadcaster.
What have they said?
Djokovic said: “There has been a lot of talk about the new generations coming and taking over from the three of us but realistically that isn’t happening still.
“With my respect to all the other guys, they still have a lot of work to do. I’m not going to stand here and hand it over to them. I am going to make them work their a**e off for it.”
Medvedev said: “I know that to beat him you need to show your best tennis, be at your best physically maybe four or five hours, and be at your best mentally maybe for five hours.
“I would say to win a slam, especially against somebody as Novak, is already a big motivation, and I don’t think there is anything that can make it bigger.
“I don’t take these words for sure as something negative.”