Novak Djokovic starts his 2023 campaign in style after putting on a dominant display over Stefanos Tsitsipas in yesterday’s Australian Open finals.
Djokovic pulled out plenty of tricks to take down his Greek opponent. While the match finished in straight sets, the final score of 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) shows how competitive the match got.
The Serbian, nine years older than his opponent, kept his serve against his younger, more agile opponent with difficult serves. While Tsitsipas was broken twice in the first set, he was able to keep the rest of his service games to keep the match competitive.
Both players had difficulty breaking the other’s serves, as there were only eight break-point opportunities throughout the match. The breaks Djokovic won in the first set proved to be the clincher that helped him win in straight sets.
The 35-year-old Serbian adds to his already-crowded trophy cabinet and extends his lead over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in big titles won. Djokovic has 22 Grand Slams, the same as Nadal. He also shares six ATP Finals wins with Federer. He overshadows the two legends with his 38 ATP Masters 1000 tourney wins.
It’s hard to imagine Novak joining Federer in retirement with how he plays now. His form will allow him to win more Grand Slams and major competitions in the ATP calendar.
Tsitsipas Is Inspired After AO Loss
Stefanos Tsitsipas has a long, successful career ahead of him after a fantastic run in the year’s first Grand Slam. While he’s disappointed not to win his second-ever Grand Slam final, he says his opponent inspired him to do better.
He mentioned that Djokovic’s victory was a wake-up call for him to do better. He openly lauded the Serbian’s dedication to the game. Tsitsipas called him as one of the greatest players to pick up a tennis racket.
It wouldn’t be strange for the world’s fourth-best men’s singles player to win his own Grand Slam if he combined his stellar play with his renewed appreciation and approach toward the game.
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