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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday February 20, 2021


It comes down to two players for all the marbles in Australia. Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will battle for the men’s singles title in Melbourne on Sunday night, with tons at stake for both players. Djokovic seeks to add to his otherworldly totals at his best Grand Slam, while Medvedev is aiming to crack the code and claim his first major title.

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Let’s take a closer look inside the numbers to find out what’s at stake in this final…

20 Medvedev enters the final with his career-best winning streak intact. In fact the Russian has become the sixth active player to notch 20 consecutive wins, and the other five—Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro—are all already Grand Slam winners. Can Medvedev become the sixth?


9 Djokovic has already broken the record for most Australian Open, but the Serb is bidding to become just the second ATP player in history to win more than eight titles at a single Slam.

17-0 Djokovic is an absolute beast when he reaches the semifinals at the Australian Open. The World No.1 is 17-0 lifetime in Melbourne when he has gone beyond the quarterfinals (9-0 in semifinals and 8-0 in finals).

12 Medvedev, during his career-best winning streak, has earned 12 consecutive victories against the Top 10. The Russian is one of just seven players to have managed a streak so long against the Top 10 since 1985. If you are scoring at home, Djokovic has managed six streaks of 12 or more wins against the Top 10, with his longest being 17.

28 Djokovic is making his 28th Grand Slam final appearance, which ties him with Rafael Nadal for most all-time ,and puts him three behind Roger Federer for the all-time record on the men’sside. If you’re scoring at home, Chris Evert is the all-time leader in Grand Slam finals played with 34. Djokovic is also behind, Serena Williams (33), Martina Navratilova (32), Steffi Graf (31) and Margaret Court (29) on the women’s side.


4-3 Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Medvedev 4-3 overall. Medvedev has won three of the pair’s last four meetings, but Djokovic has taken their only Grand Slam meeting.

10 Medvedev is the tenth active player to have reached multiple Grand Slam finals.

Federer, 31
Djokovic, 28
Nadal, 28
Murray, 11
Thiem, Wawrinka, 4
Cilic, 3
Anderson, Del Potrov, Medvedev, 2

11 Speaking of winning streaks against the Top 10, Djokovic currently owns an 11-match winning streak against the Top 10 at the Australian Open. His last loss against a Top 10 player in Australia? 2014 quarterfinals, Stan Wawrinka.

16:45 Djokovic has spent nearly 17 hours on court in Melbourne in his six matches, while Medvedev has needed just 12:20 to dispatch his six opponents.

17 Djokovic is bidding to win his 18th major single title, which would tie him with Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, and put him just two behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

6 Djokovic is bidding to win his sixth major title after turning 30, which would tie him with Rafael Nadal on the top of the list for ATP players. On the women’s side, Serena Williams tops the list with 11 major titles after turning 30. Djokovic is aiming to become the first man to win three Australian Open titles after turning 30.

82 Djokovic is bidding for his 82nd career title, which will move him within four of Rafael Nadal, who is currently fourth on the ATP’s all-time list. Jimmy Connors (109) leads all ATP players in titles. Roger Federer (103) is the ATP’s active title leader.

3 Medvedev is bidding to become the third Russian man to win a Grand Slam titles, joining Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.

 

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