For a decade, tennis has awaited the man who would unseat the big three of Rafa, Roger and Novak.
Daniil Medvedev has arrived to do just that.
The Russian fourth seed heads into the Australian Open final (7:30pm AEDT tonight) as men’s tennis’ in-form player, having won a remarkable 20 straight matches.
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That streak, dating back to the start of the Paris Masters last November, includes wins over every member of the top 10 except the inactive Roger Federer.
Medvedev is the third-best player on the planet, according to Tennis Abstract’s ELO ratings.
He is also, crucially, a man who we know can beat Novak Djokovic. The Serb has a 4-3 career record against Medvedev, but the 25-year-old…