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Medvedev calls Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal ‘cyborgs of tennis’ after Australian Open loss

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Medvedev hailed Djokovic (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Daniil Medvedev branded the ‘Big Three’ as ‘cyborgs of tennis’ after he was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open.

Medvedev, the fourth seed from Russia, was beaten handily by the world No. 1, losing 7-5 6-2 6-2 in an hour and 54 minutes.

The defeat was a painful one to take for the Russian, who will climb to a career-high world No. 3 when the ATP rankings are next released, but he acknowledged the size of the task of beating Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in best-of-five set matches.

‘Nothing else to say than they are undoubtedly, like, I don’t think anyone can argue with the three biggest names in tennis history,’ said Medvedev. ‘I’m talking only about results. I’m not talking off court, game. I’m talking about results. What they did in tennis is unbelievable for me, like I said last time.

‘I’m 25 now. To win nine Australian Opens, I need to win every year until I’m 34. I mean, I believe in myself, but I don’t think I’m able to do it. Same with Rafa. I mean, 13 Roland Garros… We’re talking about some cyborgs of tennis in a good way. They’re just unbelievable.

‘Every time I go out there, when I say this, I’m not at all when I’m out there thinking about this, thinking, Okay, they are too strong for me. I always want to win.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as he celebrates victory in his Men’s Singles Final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during day 14 of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

Djokovic lifted the title (Picture: Getty)

‘I beat some of them in some big tournaments, like London for example. Just need to be better next time in the Grand Slam finals against these two guys or Roger.’

He added: ‘I rank him in top three hardest opponents that I ever faced. I’m not joking. I mean, played all of them. I think when they want to is not a good word, I’m sure they want to win every tournament also, but when they’re in the zone, and I’m not shy to say it, I feel like they’re just better tennis players, again, which shows facts and numbers, than the rest of us, if we can call like this.

‘For sure, when we are also in the zone, we can bring them big fight, we can win some matches, some maybe big titles. But it’s just that the percentage is on their side. Yeah, I rank these top three toughest opponents in my life.

‘I think for sure it was his determination, but not against the young guys. I think it would be the same if he would be playing Roger or Rafa. I mean, I remember when I lost to him here in fourth round, I watched the final against Rafa. I think I’m feeling like Rafa this day tonight.

‘Yeah, he’s just playing unbelievable here. For sure, if we can say like this, I guess he’s the King of Melbourne, even if I don’t like these words. What else can we say? He won here nine out of nine times when he was in the semis.’

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