Serb Novak Djokovic will play against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Australian Open. The match will take place on January 29, starting at 08:30 GMT.
Australian Open 2023
|Novak Djokovic||vs||Stefanos Tsitsipas|
Date: January 29, 2023.
Tournament: Australian Open 2023.
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia.
Category: Grand Slam.
Prize money: A$76,500,000.
For Novak Djokovic, this will be the tenth final at the Australian Open. And before that, the tennis player had never lost in the decisive match at the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne.
In Novak’s case, the only intrigue was the tape on his left leg. At the beginning of the tournament, the Serbian was worried about a hip injury, moreover, the Serb even hinted that he could withdraw.
But somewhere after the third match, it became clear that the drama was canceled – Djokovic could play at full strength again.
In the fourth round, Novak defeated Alex De Minaur, after which he calmly beat Andrey Rublev. In the semi-finals, too, there was nothing interesting, Djokovic gave Tommy Paul only eight games.
Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the final of the Australian Major for the first time in his career. So far in this tournament, Steph has had only one really difficult test.
In the fourth round, the tennis player narrowly won against Yannick Sinner, despite the fact that he was leading 2-0 in sets. The Italian was able to bounce back, but the Greek ended up playing the decisive game perfectly.
It is noteworthy that Tsitsipas managed to win back 22 break points in the match with Sinner. In the quarterfinals, Tsitsipas confidently dealt with the Czech Jiri Legechka, and in the semifinals he stopped Karen Khachanov.
On the whole, the Russian had a good match, but the Greek still looked stronger. First of all, thanks to a confident game on the first serve. Stef managed to take 84 percent of the points on the first ball.
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Head to Head
Both tennis players met each other 12 times. The Serbian is leading in personal meetings with Tsitsipas 10-2.
Most recently, the Serbian tennis player defeated the Greek in the 2022 Nitto ATP Final in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (4).
|Novak Djokovic win 1.20||Stefanos Tsitsipas win 4.80|
In the 2021 season, Djokovic trailed Steph 0-2 in sets in the decisive match at Roland Garros, but eventually made a comeback.
The mood and motivation of Tsitsipas play almost no role for one simple reason – Djokovic plays on a completely different level.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic wins in three sets.