A year ago, Novak Djokovicleft Australia scorned and disappointed. He suffered heartbreaks at the 2021 US Open Championships & the Nitto ATP Finals. Witnessing his stranglehold over the world’s number one spot loosen, he shifted his focus to his playground in Melbourne.
Destiny had other plans. As a motivated Djokovic was disallowed from contesting the tournament and subsequently deported from the country. Being stripped of the right to defend his crown awoke something in the Serb. As he ran riot post-Roland Garros, losing just one competitive match the rest of the year. He ended 2022 with 5 titles, including a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals championship.
Djokovic continued his rampage by winning the Adelaide International 1 tournament by defeating American ace Sebastian Korda in three sets. The king of Melbourne finally returned to theAustralian Open. Odds-on favorite Djokovic looked human in the first two rounds, with his hamstring visibly bothering him.
But he wasn’t to be denied as he lost just a single set en route to his 10th title in Melbourne. BeatingStefanos Tsitisipas in straight sets, Djokovic sent shockwaves through the ATP circuit. Proving yet again that he’s the man to beat on tour.
Consequently, the Serb took to social media to address his family, fans, and his monumental achievement. Hopeful of a return to Melbourne in 2024, the newly crowned champion emphasized the incredible support he has received throughout the tournament. “The morning after is always great,” said the world number one. He’ll commence his 374th week as world number one on January 30, 2023.
Novak Djokovic had been the most talked about athlete last January. A year displaced and he’s still the most talked about the athlete. His achievements speak for themselves. Elated by the love and appreciation he has received, Djokovic’s post bears a testament that he’s not done yet in Melbourne.
Novak Djokovic returns to the pole position in the ATP rankings
By winning the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic regained two things he never lost. The Australian Open championship & the world number ranking are both his to lose now. Having suffered deportation last year, Djokovic looked poised to silence his doubters and prove yet again that he’s the best player in the world.
Amassing a massive 2,000 points in Australia, Djokovic reclaimed the top spot in the ATP world rankings. And now eyes Steffi Graff’s all-time record of 377 weeks as world number one. Currently, he stands at 373 weeks. But with those closest to him set to drop points in February, Djokovic’s reign is in no danger anytime soon.
Carlos Alcaraz couldn’t contest the Australian Open and Rafael Nadal has been marred with injury ever since 2022. With Stefanos Tsitsipas set to drop hundreds of points in February and March, Novak Djokovic looks all but certain to surpass Graff. The extent of his great run at the top is not yet known. But 400 weeks surely looks in sight for the genius Serb.
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