Daniil Medvedev passes Thiem to avoid Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

With four victories and one defeat at the ATP Cup, Medvedev won nearly 200 points more than Thiem who scored only one triumph for Austria, propelling himself into the fourth place on the list and hoping for a good draw and run, just like at the US Open last September when he played in the final.

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While Medvedev's slapping forehand, flat backhand and big serve have proven hard to counter, Djokovic used dropshots and low slicing backhands to pull the world number five into awkward places.

But the 33-year-old is wary of his great rival Djokovic, 32, in what would be their 55th meeting. The Davis Cup champions played the group stage in Perth and had a transcontinental trip to Sydney for the playoffs.

On Friday, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal suffered an unexpected singles loss in the semifinals to David Goffin.

The world's top ranked player was ambushed early by the young Australian, who threatened to run away with the match, before the Spaniard recovered to win 4-6 7-5 6-1.

"We know it's going to be a super tough final against Novak who likes to play here a lot", said Nadal, who trails record seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic's 26-28 in their head-to-head.

Nadal led Spain to the Davis Cup title at Madrid last November and is aiming to make it back-to-back triumphs in global team events.

World No. 1 Nadal was under pressure from the opening set as he fell behind 4-6 and was forced to claw things back to parity after fighting his way through a tight second set 7-5. "This is a team competition", Nadal said, referring to the best-of-three match format, adding that Spain has always put the team above the individual.

For Djokovic, he was forced to produce his absolute best to beat Daniil Medvedev in three sets for help Serbia beat Russian Federation.

In the deciding set, Djokovic gained a pivotal break in a long fifth game after a protracted rally ended in an exchange of volleys and drop shots.

In his last match at the ATP Cup, Daniil lost an epic battle against Novak Djokovic 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in nearly three hours of incredible tennis on both sides, earning his fifth singles victory of the season and adding more points to his tally.

"Exciting, exhausting, joyful, awful all at once", Djokovic said when asked for his summation.

"At one point we both refused to miss", Djokovic said.

"There was a lot of rallies and it was very exhausting, a very physical battle but also a mental battle".

"Definitely one of the most exciting matches I have played against him or any other top player last few years".

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