US Open champion Daniel Medvedev announced on Saturday that he was mentally and physically ready for the Australian Open and was capable of beating anyone.
If Melbourne title holder Novak Djokovic loses the fight against deportation from Australia, the Russians will beat the second-ranked player.
Djokovic is still in the men’s draw next week but will face deportation after the Australian government revoked his visa for the second time, deeming the non-vaccinated Serbian a threat to public order.
Medvedev is feeling comfortable in his skin, flying the world number one in a straight set to win his first Grand Slam crown at the US Open last year.
The 25-year-old is confident of doing better after losing to Djokovic in the Australian final last year.
“I have a lot of time to prepare for the Australian Open,” Medvedev told reporters two days before the first slam of the year.
“I still have two days to prepare. I feel physically and mentally ready. That is the most important thing. Then I can play well and beat anyone. “
Medvedev said his success at the US Open has given him the confidence to win more Grand Slams.
“Sometimes before the tournament I was a little worried, nervous and sometimes angry if I wasn’t playing well,” he said.
“She (US Open) changed that. Now I think I know more about what I can do, how I can play, what I have to do to play this way.
“In general, the US Open title has given me a lot of confidence in my life and in my tennis.
“I feel more confident compared to last year in terms of knowing my game, what I’m capable of.”
Medvedev will see Novak Djokovic in the final
Medvedev said that if Djokovic won his legal battle, he would expect the 20-time Grand Slam champion to return to the Melbourne final.
“Speaking of me, even if Novak is in the draw, I can only see him in the final,” he said.
Medvedev said he felt his place in the tennis order as the “Big Three” – Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – were getting older.
“Even though they are still winning a lot of slam. In every tournament they have, they are favorites,” he said.
Federer is not in Melbourne due to injury, but Nadal is.
Medvedev is also wary of claiming the title of world number three Alexander Zverev of Germany.
“Late last year, starting with the Olympic Games, Sasha really became a big power, winning a lot of tournaments,” he said.
Zverev defeated Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 to capture his second ATP Finals title and end his 2021 standout season in style in Turin.
Consistent Medvedev won 63 matches last year, more than any other player and won all but one of his 13 ATP titles on the hard court – the surface used for the Australian Open.