Novak Djokovic awed and inspired thousands of tennis fans with his performance at the Australian Open 2023. He came to Australia with just a single desire and motivation to win his career’s 10th Australian Open title. He accomplished this feat in style beating every opponent.
The Serb was naturally ecstatic receiving the Australian Open 2023 trophy. Although, speculations were high throughout the tournament about his hamstring injury. Many tennis fans questioned whether he will be able to play and win the tournament. However, he answered all the questions in style.
Now, tennis fans are wondering whether, he really was injured. Craig Tiley, tournament director of the Australian Open 2023 has supported Novak Djokovic in the latest interview with Australian sports media house SEN Sportsday putting all the questions regarding his form and fitness to rest.Now, tennis fans are wondering whether, he really was injured. Craig Tiley, tournament director of the Australian Open 2023 has supported Novak Djokovic in the latest interview with Australian sports media house SEN Sportsday putting all the questions regarding his form and fitness to rest.
“A lot of the challenges around Novak is that he gets a bad rap. But at the end of the day, I don’t think anyone can question his athleticism. This guy I did see, he had a three-centimetre tear in his hammy. Absolutely (I saw the scans), the doctors are going to tell you the truth. There was a lot of speculation about whether it was true or not, it’s hard to believe that they can do what they do with those kinds of injuries. He’s remarkable, to deal with it extremely professionally,” he said.
Mr. Tiley also gave an insight into the winning mentality of the 22-time Grand Slam champion. Mr. Tiley also gave an insight into the winning mentality of the 22-time Grand Slam champion.
“He’s so focused on everything he does, with every single minute of the day. That’s what he eats, what he drinks, when he does it, how he does it. There’s no breakdown or mental breakdown in anything that he does,” he explained.
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Road to victory at Melbourne for Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic won his career’s 22nd Grand Slam title at Melbourne, Australia. He equalled Rafael Nadal‘s record of winning the most number of Grand Slam titles and is only one major triumph short of surpassing him.
However, the journey of the Serbian at Melbourne this time around was not easy. Besides, hamstring injury, he had to deal with many opponents to win the coveted trophy of Australian Open 2023. He started his journey by playing against Roberto Carballes Baena in the first round. He defeated him 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.
In the second round, he defeated Enzo Couacaud 6-1, 6(5)-7(7), 6-2, 6-0. His opponent in the third round became Grigor Dmitrov. He defeated him 7(9)-6(7), 6-3, 6-4. In the fourth round, he beat the crowd-favorite Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. He defeated Andrey Rublev convincingly 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.
In the semi-final round of the same tournament, he defeated Tommy Paul 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 to enter the final of the Australian Open 2023. In the final he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7(7)-6(4), 7(7)-6(5) to win his career’s 10th Australian Open title in front of thousands of fans.
The tournament director Craig Tiley also acknowledged the Serb’s record of winning 10 titles in Melbourne a ‘remarkable achievement’.
“He’s been through a lot and to win 10 Australian Opens, I don’t think that’s ever going to be repeated. Over the last 15 years, he tells me it’s 14 years because he missed last year, it’s such a remarkable achievement. He’ll hold a significant place in the history of the Australian Open,” he added further.
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