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
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.
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.
Medvedev in Adelaide, ranking, and results in 2023
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.
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.
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
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.
Rafael Nadal in 2023
This season Nadal has a 0-2 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.
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