Australian Open 2021 men’s singles ultimate: Novak Djokovic v Daniil Medvedev – reside! | Sport


Bob Marley as soon as sung that “none of them can cease the time,” an thought expanded upon by Nas who declared that “time is illmatic” – not simply an unimaginable power however the unimaginable power and essentially, implacably, primarily so.

All very true, however neither man had skilled a pandemic. Issues are totally different now, and the way in which through which we measure our lives would possibly by no means be the identical, the easy passage of days taking over totally different which means or which means nothing in any respect. How on earth can we grasp what’s occurred and what’s occurring, if we now have no context through which to set it? If all the pieces stops – if we don’t expertise pleasure, change and the contact of these closest to us – then are we even alive?

Properly, tennis is right here to save lots of us. If Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic, then for the primary time since July 2003, the perfect males’s participant on the planet received’t be him, him, him or him. It’s true {that a} win received’t take Medvedev to primary, however in the end it’s about successful majors not topping lists, and ya boy has received 20 matches straight, 13 of them towards top-10 gamers. If he can increase that run by only one, then we are able to make certain that we’re not caught in what Doc Emmet Brown known as a “paradox”; that we actually do exist.

Medvedev has received three of the final 4 conferences between the gamers, and is that rarity on tour: somebody who annoys reasonably than is irritated by Djokovic. By some means, the Serbian is spooked by an opponent with no lethal weapons who’s about nothing however hitting the spherical factor into the oblong factor, again and again, proper near the baseline the place it’s laborious to get again.

And so he must be. Competing towards somebody as monomaniacal as Medvedev is not any joke, all of the extra so when your recreation is about sticking in rallies longer than your opponent, and although Djokovic’s angled forehand – that hook shot from the centre that just about solely he can play – will trigger bother, it’s not one to unfurl on each level. He’ll have carried out some severe considering to prepare for this.

After all, Djokovic has already finished 17 occasions what Medvedev is attempting to do for the primary time, and that could be a important consider his favour, so too that he’s serving extra aces than ever earlier than. However he’s enjoying an opponent he is aware of will flip up and the harm he’s carrying will remind him that, as Leonard Cohen reminds us, it’s later than he thinks. For skilled sportsmen, time will all the time exist – and this would possibly simply be epochal.

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