Dominant Novak Djokovic won his 10th Australian Open title today in Melbourne, thus reaching the 22nd Grand Slam trophy in his career. The Serb was better than Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals, beating him in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6, 7-6. With today’s victory, Djokovic leveled with Rafael Nadal with the same number of Grand Slam titles, yet he holds a positive head-to-head record over the Spaniard.
Even though we saw two tie breaks in this one, we can say that Djokovic confidently beat Tsitsipas, who fell short of challenging Novak in critical moments. The Greek gave his best, but each time he had a swing and momentum, Djokovic would shit to a higher gear and force the rival to make an error, or he himself recorded a winner.
Djokovic had 22 unforced errors, while Tsitsipas hit 42. The runner-up had 15 aces, but even so, Djokovic neutralized his serve, taking 35% of points on Tsitsipas’ first serve. In the end, the Greek admitted that Djokovic deserved to win this contest and that he truly is the best of the best in the tennis world ever.
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“He’s the greatest that has ever held a tennis racket,” Tsitsipas said. “You make me a better player when I am on court. Novak brings the best out of me, and these are the matches I have been working my entire life for. He is one of the greatest in our sport.”
Djokovic was very emotional after the match, and that’s understandable. He was the man on the mission in Melbourne this season, wanting to erase the mistakes from the past and get his revenge because of the controversial and very problematic experience from one year ago when political and other circumstances prevented him from appearing at the Australian Open.
“It is a long journey. All my team and family knows what we have been through in the past four or five weeks and this is probably the biggest victory of my life,” Novak stated.
At age 35, he looks healthy and ready to keep on playing at this level, unlike Nadal, who more frequently picks up injuries and skips the tournaments. That’s why many believe that Novak has the edge over the Spaniard and better chances in their chase for glory and history.
Djokovic lost just one set in Australia, and that was in the second round against Enzo Couacaud. Back then, Djokovic had problems with his hamstring after picking up an injury in Adelaide. Yet, as time went by, the Serb improved his shape, and healed the wound.
As for Tsitsipas, we need to say that the Greek lost not just because of Novak’s excellent performance but also because of himself. Lack of experience, and some metal barrier with Novak on the other side of the net, were also big factors in this one. In some moments, he looked as if he could compete with Djokovic, but he didn’t have enough juice when it came to longer rallies, which is a bit odd due to the age difference.
Regarding the upcoming schedule, the first big tournaments are in March in the USA. The American tour will probably pass without Novak, who isn’t permitted access to the States due to his vaccination status. After Indian Wells, we have Miami Open, both ATP Masters 1000 series, and we are yet to see whether Novak appears in either.
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