‘This is tough’ – Novak Djokovic biggest Australian Open threat not Nadal or Alcaraz, but…

Novak Djokovic

Three-time Australian Open champion Mats Wilander has a rather peculiar opinion on who is going to be Novak Djokovic’s biggest threat in the first slam of the year. Mats says that it is difficult to pick 1 name. He believes that the Russian player will be the one to watch for Novak Djokovic. He believes that Daniil will be even more dangerous than world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz and defending champion Rafael Nadal.

“Daniil Medvedev would most probably be the biggest threat that I see to him [Djokovic]. Of course, Rafa is going to be there and give a big challenge, but I would think Novak is a pretty heavy favourite this year,” he said.

Djokovic in Adelaide, ranking, and results in 2023

Novak Djokovic

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2023 Highlights

Now ranked no.5, Novak has an overall 2-0 record in 2023. Novak is playing at the moment in Adelaide where he overcame the world no.65 Constant Lestienne 6-3 6-2 and the world no.64 Quentin Halys 7-63 7-65.

Novak Djokovic will fight against the world no.18 Denis Shapovalov in the quarter. Their record is 7-0 for Djokovic.

Djokovic is scheduled to play next at the Australian Open (Australian Open). He will start the tournament from the main draw that will commence on the 16th of January.

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Adelaide
Djokovic's Record
Djokovic
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Draw

Medvedev in Adelaide, ranking, and results in 2023

Daniil Medvedev

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2023 Highlights

Now the world no.7, Medvedev has achieved an overall 2-0 record in 2023. Medvedev is now competing in Adelaide where he bested the world no.45 Lorenzo Sonego 7-66 2-1 ret. and the world no.29 Miomir Kecmanovic 6-0 6-3.

Daniil Medvedev will come up against the world no.20 Karen Khachanov in the quarter. The head to head is 2-1 for Medvedev.

Medvedev is scheduled to compete next at the Australian Open (Australian Open). He will start the tournament from the main draw that will commence on the 16th of January.

Medvedev
Adelaide
Medvedev's Record
Medvedev
Projected
Draw

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev squared off 12 times. Their actual record is 8-4 for Djokovic. The last time they fought against each other, Novak Djokovic won 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(2) in the round robin in Turin (Nitto ATP Finals) in November 2022.

Here are the highlights.

 

Carlos Alcaraz in 2023

Carlos Alcaraz

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2022 Highlights

Ranked world no.1, the Spaniard played his last match on the 4th of November 2022 when he had to retire when playing against world no.11 Holger Rune in the quarter and the scoreline was 6-3 6-6 .

Until now, during this year Alcaraz has a 57-13 win-loss record.

Alcaraz
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Alcaraz's Record

Rafael Nadal in 2023

Rafael Nadal

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1-3
36 year old
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2023 Highlights

Now the world no.2, Rafael played his last match on the 2nd of January when he lost to world no.24 Alex De Minaur 3-6 6-1 7-5 in the round robin in Australia (draw).

This season Nadal has a 0-2 record.

Nadal
Australia
Nadal's Record

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal played each other 3 times. The head to head is 2-1 for Nadal. The last time they squared off, Carlos Alcaraz won 6-2 1-6 6-3 in the quarter in Madrid (Mutua Madrid Open) in May 2022.

In the following video you can watch the key moments of their match.

Novak Djokovic

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