Novak Djokovic is about to start his title defense at the Australian Open, but he is now very well aware that that will not be a close battle only between him and the other Big3 (Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer). In fact, the world no.3 needs to keeps tabs on the advancement of 3 key players of the new generation: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, and Dominic Thiem.
Djokovic about the Next Gen
The Serbian sensation commented:
“They’re coming closer and closer. It’s obvious,” Djokovic said on Sunday. Medvedev had a great fight with Rafa in the last Grand Slam in US Open of last season. Tsitsipas played semis here last year. Dominic Thiem twice finals in French Open. They’re very, very close. They’re literally one set away. On a given day, in the very near future, I think that can happen. It’s going to happen. It’s inevitable.”
Djokovic vs. Struff
Nole will play his first match against Jan-Lennard Struff. The head to head is 2-0 for Djokovic that should win the match in straight sets.
Novak Djokovic’s ranking and performance in 2020
Currently the world no.2, Djokovic played his last match on the 12th of January when he overcame Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-64 in the final in the ATP Cup to win his 78th career title.
This season the Serbian has a 6-0 win-loss record. The Serbian won the ATP Cup.
Stefanos Tsitsipas’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked world no.6, Stefanos played his last match on the 7th of January when he had to bow to Nick Kyrgios 7-67 6-73 7-65 in the round robin in the ATP Cup.
Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas played each other 5 times. The head to head is 3-2 for Tsitsipas.
The last time that they competed against each other, Novak Djokovic won 6-1 6-2 in the quarter in Paris (BNP Paribas Masters) in November 2019.
In the following video you can watch the highlights.
Daniil Medvedev’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.4 (career-high), Daniil played his last match on the 11th of January when he was defeated by Novak Djokovic 6-1 5-7 6-4 in the semifinal in the ATP Cup.
Daniil Medvedev’s best performance of this year was reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney.
Dominic Thiem’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now the world no.5, Thiem played his last match on the 8th of January when he surrendered to Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 6-4 7-65 in the round robin in the ATP Cup.
Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem played each other 3 times. The head to head is 2-1 for Thiem.
The last time that they locked horns, Daniil Medvedev won 6-3 6-1 in the quarter in Montreal (Coupe Rogers) in August 2019.
You can watch the highlights in the following video.