Djokovic gained the Australian Open, setting a Grand Slam record
Novak Djokovic celebrated his twenty second victory in the Grand Slam ultimate towards Stefanos Tsitsipas to grow to be the new primary. Among the ladies, Arina Sabalenka gained below the impartial flag.
A yr after the storm, Novak Djokovic made a triumphant return to the Australian Open.
The Serbian tennis star celebrated his twenty second Grand Slam victory with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) win over Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the ultimate on Sunday. Djokovic tied with record holder Rafael Nadal and set additional milestones in his spectacular profession.
With his tenth victory in his tenth ultimate match of the hard-court match in Melbourne, Djokovic changed the injured Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz at the prime of the world rankings. The 35-year-old begins his 374th week as the world’s prime ranked tennis participant on Monday – and there are a lot of indicators of a lengthy new period. A day after Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka gained her first Grand Slam below the impartial flag, Djokovic made his mark on the males’s facet.
One defeat, many obstacles
Although Djokovic dropped only one set all through the match, his path to the title has been hampered: he has been below intense scrutiny for final yr’s occasions, accused of performing partially due to hip issues, and defended towards the allegations. publicly defended his father over an incident involving an unauthorized rest room break and a pro-Russian crowd. “There are so many secondary theaters of struggle that disrupt his focus,” famous his former coach, Boris Becker.
Djokovic left every part. “In my case, I really feel like issues are coming collectively for a motive,” he stated. It’s “not a perfect scenario” to take care of issues like that off the discipline, “nevertheless it’s a part of my life.” Using this, he tries to grow to be “stronger and stronger”.
He proved this in the thirty third ultimate of the “Grand Slam” match. As was the case in a tight second set with onerous serves, highly effective returns and unbelievable nerve, Djokovic pushed his Greek opponent to his limits time and time once more to take possibilities.
Djokovic performed for the first time in the match with out a white bandage on his left thigh, which, not like in the first rounds, didn’t appear to hinder him in any respect. An age distinction of 11 years and 28 days – the greatest distinction between two Australian Open finalists in the skilled period – was not observed. Djokovic seemed match, contemporary and extremely motivated.
Tsitsipas warms the temper
The 24-year-old Tsitsipas, who selected the Australian Open as his “residence Slam”, discovered his recreation significantly better from the second set in his second Grand Slam ultimate and in doing so fired up the ambiance at Rod Laver Arena, residence to round 15,000 spectators. Thousands of tourists additionally supported the many public viewing areas in Melbourne Park. In the finish, Tsitsipas needed to concede defeat to Djokovic, identical to in the 2021 French Open ultimate.
Sabalenka’s victory over Kazakhstan’s Wimbledon champion Yelena Rybakina on Saturday was accompanied by political debate as the Belarusian turned the first impartial participant to win a Grand Slam. His pleasure was not dampened by the indisputable fact that his title was written on the trophy, not his nation of delivery, Belarus.
“I nonetheless really feel like I’m on one other planet,” Sabalenka stated Sunday in a photograph shoot in a conspicuously embellished pink gown and sky-high blue footwear. This is my finest morning ever. life”.