Day 13 of the 2023 Australian Open saw Serbian aceNovak Djokovic lift the Norman Brookes trophy for a record-extending 10th time. Bettering Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, Djokovic solidified his return to the pole position atop the world rankings. He’ll be looking to add to his record of 373 weeks as world number 1.
Tsitsipas looked poised to win the first Grand Slam of his already stellar career. Having steamrolled through his competition, he set his eyes firmly on the world’s number one spot. It’s been his target ever since he had his breakthrough. Considered the most talented Next Gen player, Tsitsipas played some of his best tennis ever. Heading into his second Slam final, Stefanos Tsitsipas hoped to do away with the heartbreak endured at Roland Garros in 2021.
On the other side of the court stood familiar foe Djokovic, who has now won the last 10 meetings between the two. He maintains a stranglehold on Tsitsipas, with a career head-to-head record of 10-2. Consequently, Djokovic has won the title he never lost. This was the second successive Grand Slam which had the world number 1 spot on the line.
Coincidentally, just like the 2022 US Open championships, neither of the first and second seeds made it to the final. Both Rafael Nadal andCasper Ruud lost to American opposition in the form of Mackenzie McDonald and Jenson Brooksbyrespectively.
After a long hiatus, Novak Djokovic has returned to the world’s number-one spot. Amassing a massive 2,000 points from the Australian Open, Djokovic will surpass Steffi Graff in a few weeks. Meanwhile, Carlos Alcaraz sits firmly in second place as Tsitsipasregains his career-high world number 3 spot. Russian ace Andrey Rublev has climbed a spot into world number 5 while reigning Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal has slipped four spots. He entered the Australian Open as the one seed but is now ranked number 6 in the world.
Semi-finalists Karen Khachanovand Tommy Paulclimbed 7 and 16 ATP ranking positions respectively. Khachanov is ranked number 13 in the world. While Paul has broken into the top-20 bracket for the first time in his career.
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