Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic tops Stefanos Tsitsipas for 22nd Grand Slam title, tying Nadal's record

A year after being deported days prior to the Australian Open began, Novak Djokovic raised the 2023 Australian Open prize with a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) triumph over Stefanos Tsitsipas at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.

With the win, the 35-year-old Serbian star extended his record at Melbourne Park to 10 titles and connected Rafael Nadal’s profession record of 22 Grand Slam titles. The world’s No. 5 ranked gamer has actually now won 28 successive Australian Open matches and holds a 20-0 record in semifinals and finals in this competition.  Overall, this significant Djokovic’s 93rd ATP title.

He won the very first set with relative ease prior to Tsitsipas turned it on and required tiebreakers in the last 2 sets. But in both tiebreakers, Djokovic was just subduing. He leapt out to 4-1 benefit in the very first one after it struck 4-4, winning the last 3 indicate take the 2nd set. He smelled a triumph in the last tiebreaker and immediately leapt out to a 5-0 lead prior to ending the match.

Moments after the triumph, Djokovic discovered coach Goran Ivanisevic in the crowd and went to commemorate with him and others. Upon going back to the court, the Serbian rested on the bench closest his side and started weeping — and for excellent factor. He has actually invested a record 373 weeks as world No. 1 through his profession, and will discover himself leaping 4 areas to be back on top in the next ATP rankings. 

“This has been one of the most difficult tournaments, considering the circumstances. not playing last year coming back this year,” Djokovic stated after the match, The Guardian reported. “I want to thank all the people who made me feel comfortable. There is a reason I have been playing may best tennis here.”

Djokovic went on to state it was “the biggest” win in his profession.

“Only the team and family knows what we have been though in the last four or five weeks,” he stated. “This is probably, I would say — the biggest victory in my life, considering the circumstances.”

Djokovic entered the competition with hamstring pain from an injury he suffered at the Adelaide International — a competition he likewise won — previously in January. The injury raised its head at Australian Open, consisting of early in his quarterfinal match with Andrey Rublev, however Djokovic pressed through.

His deportation in 2015 from this really competition was because of his COVID-19 vaccination status, however he was enabled back in Australia after the nation unwinded its vaccine limitations. In the days leading up to this year’s Australian Open, Djokovic stated there were no difficult sensations with how whatever decreased in 2022.

“It’s all in the numbers. You make me a better player when I am on the court,” Tsitsipas stated. “I have had the privilege to play a lot of high intensity game but these are the matches I have been working my entire life for. He’s one of the greatest in our sport. He’s the greatest who ever held a tennis racket.”

Djokovic is now 11-2 versus Tsitsipas, who was contending in his 2nd Grand Slam last and is still searching for his very first significant title.

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