After two stormy weeks in Australia, the Serbian wants the 22nd Grand Slam title in his career (Sunday, 10:30, Eurosport) and “forgot” that Tsitsipas was already in the final, against him in France a year and a half ago
A year after he was expelled from Australia Before the opening of the championship due to his opposition to the corona vaccines, Novak Djokovic will be able to improve his record and win for the 10th time in the tournament in Melbourne. The 35-year-old Serbian tennis player will meet Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final tomorrow (Sunday, 10:30) with the possibility of Grand Slam title number 22 in his career, which will equal his record to that of the great Rafael Nadal. Over the past two weeks, Nola has been dealing with a muscle strain, taunts from fans and a media storm because of his father expressing supportIn Vladimir Putin and Russia, but knew how to leave everything off the court and raced towards another final in his favorite tournament. He has 27 consecutive victories in Australia and he has never lost a final at Broad Labour Arena, so he is the clear favorite.
On the other hand stands Tsitsipas, who, as I remember, led 0:2 in sets at the Roland Garros 2021 final and then succumbed to Djokovic’s tremendous comeback . The Greek wants his first career Grand Slam and knows, like Nola, that a victory will also elevate him to the top of the ATP rankings. Djokovic didn’t really remember the meeting and wondered in front of reporters this week: “I think he never played in the final, am I wrong?”. Tsitsipas will be able to answer on the court and put Greece on the map with a first Grand Slam titleever, as he hopes to enjoy the support of the large Greek community found in Australia. After removing the curse of the semifinals in Melbourne, with a victory over Karen Khachanov after three previous losses at the same stage, he wants to take another step: “For me it’s more than another final. These are the moments I work so hard for.” The Serbian won the last eight confrontations, including in the final round tournament about two and a half months ago. Tsitsipas previously won three of the first five meetings.