Australian Open men's final: Time, TV streaming and key information for Novak Djokovic vs. Daniil Medvedev
The 2021 Australian Open concludes Sunday when the men's singles champion is crowned at Rod Laver Arena. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic takes on No. 4 Daniil Medvedev in an attempt to win his third consecutive men's singles title in Melbourne.
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Already the winningest men's player in Australian Open history, Djokovic, 33, is looking to secure his ninth crown in Melbourne and 18th career Grand Slam singles title. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — the other two members of the Big 3 in men's tennis — hold the record with 20 apiece.
Medvedev, 25, is looking to win his first major title in his second Grand Slam final appearance. Zverev reached the 2020 U.S. Open final but fell to longtime friend Dominic Thiem, 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
Djokovic of Serbia leads Medvedev of Russia 4-3 in head-to-head matchups, including a win in the fourth round of the 2019 Australian Open.
Here's everything you need to know to watch the Australian Open men's final:
What time does the Australian Open men's final begin?
The match is scheduled for 3:30 a.m. ET Sunday (7:30 p.m. Melbourne) at Rod Laver Arena.
How can I watch on TV?
ESPN and ESPN Deportes (Spanish language) will have the live broadcast at 3:30 a.m. ET. ESPN2 will show a replay at 8 a.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET Sunday night.
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Men's final preview: Djokovic v Medvedev
There is some spectacular symmetry lining up at Melbourne Park.
On Saturday, Naomi Osaka won her 21st match in a row to win the AO 2021 women’s singles title.
And on the men’s side, in a match to be played at Rod Laver Arena on 21 February, Novak Djokovic is seeking his 21st successive victory at the Australian Open to land an unprecedented ninth title.
But it doesn’t end there; Daniil Medvedev is also looking to equal Naomi Osaka’s 21-match win streak by defeating Djokovic, which would see him lift his maiden major trophy.
History on the line
Djokovic, who has won all eight Australian Open finals he has previously contested, is transparent in his strong desire to overtake 20-time Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the men’s all-time leaderboard.
The 33-year-old grimaced and yelped his way through a third-round rollercoaster with Taylor Fritz, admitting his suspected abdominal tear would have forced him to withdraw from any other event than a Grand Slam.
Playing through such an excruciating pain barrier proves how strong the Serbian’s determination is to be considered the ‘greatest of all time.’
Fortunately, he suffered no pain during a straight-sets passage past qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the semifinals, improving his chances of being fresh and firing for a physically brutal battle set to unfold against Medvedev.
The 2021 Australian Open comes to a close early Sunday morning when No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic faces off against No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev. The match gets underway in Melbourne at 3:30 a.m. ET on ESPN. The match will re-air at 8 a.m. Sunday morning on ESPN2 and 1 p.m. on ESPNEWS if you are not inclined to get up that early.
The game will be available via live stream on WatchESPN and the ESPN App if you have a cable log-in. If you don’t have cable, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T; TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the finals.
This is the eighth time these two have faced off and the sixth time on a hard court. Djokovic leads the all-time series 4-3 including a round of 16 win in the 2019 Australian Open. They split their two contests in 2020, with Djokovic winning in the ATP Cup semifinals and Medvedev winning in round robin play at the Nitto ATP Finals.
Medvedev the master of deflection
The Russian is chasing his own piece of history on Sunday.
Not only is Medvedev bidding to win his first Grand Slam title, a victory that would launch the 25-year-old to world No.2 next week.
He would also become the first player outside the ‘Big Four’ to feature in the Top 2 since 24 July 2005.
“I think he's the favourite because he didn't lose. In eight occasions that he was here in the semis he won the tournament. I'm the challenger and I'm happy about it,” insisted fourth seed Medvedev, who trails 3-4 in the head-to-head record.
“I like to play against Novak. Since the first one when I was ranked 60, we had always tough matches physically, mentally. And he's one of the greatest tennis players in the history of tennis. So playing final against him is superb. Let's see what happens on Sunday."
Despite his recent heroics Medvedev is fully aware of the peak level he must bring to the court.
"I know that to beat him you need to just show your best tennis, be at your best physically maybe four or five hours, and be at your best mentally maybe for five hours,” he mused.
"When he's in the zone he doesn't miss. He goes down the line, cross, forehand, backhand, he doesn't miss. That's what is the most, the toughest part of playing against him."
The Russian’s astounding unbeaten run goes all the way back to October. The 25-year-old lifted the Paris Masters and ATP Finals trophies in late 2020 before spearheading his nation’s ATP Cup title triumph earlier this month.
If anyone doubted Medvedev’s title credentials, that hot streak includes 12 Top 10 wins.
And he also has Grand Slam final experience. At the 2019 US Open final Medvedev hauled Nadal into a decider at Flushing Meadows, only to fallow narrowly short.
"I took a lot of experience. It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest and on Sunday I will face one of the other greatest,” Medvedev said.
"The experience from the last Grand Slam final is going to be a big key, to not get tight and to just play again."
LAVER PREDICTS MEDVEDEV TO TAKE IT ‘ALL THE WAY”
Rod Laver Arena has played host to eight Djokovic Australian Open triumphs but the Aussie legend himself has hinted he thinks a changing of the guard is imminent.
“I expect Medvedev to push Djokovic all the way in the #AusOpen men’s final,” three-time champion Laver, 82, wrote on Twitter.
“I won’t be surprised if he breaks through for the win. It’s Novak’s happy place at RLA but he will have his work cut out suppressing Daniil’s happy, free-flowing strokes. This will be a great contest. ”
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will face each other for the Australian Open 2021 Final on Saturday, 7:30 PM AEDT (2:00 PM IST). The final will be held at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Djokovic, who has never lost at Rod Laver Arena, will be playing for his ninth Australian Open 2021 final.
Djokovic has won all his previous finals yet, and remains a heavy favourite to win in Australia. However, Medvedev has been on a 20-match winning streak, and is expected to rise to the World No. 3 ranking. Medvedev has been on a streak since November, beating every top-seeded player (except Roger Federer). Including Djokovic, only six players have had equal or longer streaks.
Djokovic has also been dealing with an oblique muscle tear. While he is playing, the effects of the injury have affected his game, even leading up to this semi-finals. However, Djokovic looked better during his last game as he beat Aslan Karatsev in straight sets.
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Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev live streaming: How to watch the Australian Open final live?
As with all other Australian Open 2021 matches, the final will be broadcasted live on the Sony Six SD and HD channels in India. Sony will also be providing the live streaming options for the Australian Open. Fans will be able to watch the Australian Open final live on the SonyLIV app and site. The live scores will be available to everyone on the Australian Open website and Twitter page.