Novak Djokovic is on the road to winning a record-breaking 22 Grand Slams in total and surpassing Rafael Nadal. The 35-year-old reached his 10th Australian Open final today, after defeating Tommy Paul in the semi-final. Djokovic upset the first-time finalist American in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1, 6-2. The nine-time Australian Open winner gears up for his potential 10th win on Sunday.
To add to his already extensive record book, Djoko now has the longest winning streak at the Australian Open in the Open Era, worth 27 matches. He broke Andre Agassi‘s record of 26 consecutive wins in Melbourne. He also becomes the third player in the Open Era to drop the least amount of games in the R4, QF, and SF at the Australian Open after Agassi (16) and Ivan Lendl (20).
The Serbian also broke a couple of more records, as he remains unbeaten at Melbourne Park. Nole’s excellent streak in 2023, despite his hamstring injury, is admirable. The world No. 5 is reputed to play excellently in spite of injuries. The same could be observed this year amid many controversial opinions about it. Regardless, Djokovic is surely on par with other tennis legends.
5th youngest (20y 233d) as well as 4th oldest finalist (35y 250d) at the Australian Open in the Open Era
Djokovic equals Roger Federer and Nadal’s record of 15 seasons with at least 1 Grand Slam final
He has reached 33 finals out of 69 Grand Slam appearances, the 2nd highest percentage after Bjorn Borg
Djokovic is playing his 1248th ATP Tour match, equalizing Argentinian Guillermo Vilas
Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas to clash at the 2023 Australian Open final
Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipaswill compete for the Norman Brookes trophy on Sunday at the Australian Open final. The Serb has won four ATP titles in the past few months and has continued the streak in the majors too. The Greek entered the Australian Open after reaching the semifinals of the Rolex Paris Masters and the 2023 United Cup. He has gone unbeaten in his past 11 games.
In the first three rounds, he easily defeated his opponents in straight sets. Later, he showed his toughness by defeating players like Jannik Sinner, Jiri Lehecka, and Karen Khachanov to advance to the championship match. In head-to-head matches, Djokovic leads Tsitsipas by 10-2; they last met in the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals, where the former won.
The final will take place on Sunday at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne at 3.30 a.m. EST. Djokovic is definitely the favorite to win another Australian Open title. Fans are excited to see the living legend break another tremendous record.
Tanisha Mohanty is currently a first year student at Christ University, Bangalore, where she is pursuing BA English(Honours). She has been born and brought up in Delhi and Bhubaneswar. Her interests include calligraphy, reading books, and watching F1 and tennis.
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