Novak Djokovic will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last act of the 2023 Australian Open, which will also put the top spot in the ATP ranking at stake. The Serbian champion, who is looking for his tenth seal in Melbourne Park, eliminated American Tommy Paul in the semifinals, leaving him just eight games.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade thus achieved 26 consecutive victories in AO matches and looked particularly dominant in the second week. Suffice it to say that the former ATP number 1 has won 11 straight sets and is just one win away from his 22nd Major, which would allow him to catch up with Rafael Nadal at the top of the all-time rankings.
Djokovic and Tsitsipas have already met in a Grand Slam final, at Roland Garros 2021, with Nole winning in five sets after being down two sets. The Greek is perhaps playing the best tennis of his career and will do anything to get revenge.
Before the Eurosport microphones, the former British player Laura Robson analyzed the form of the ‘Djoker’
Laura Robson reflects on Djokovic
«I think Novak Djokovic is a perfectionist. He wants perfection 100% of the time.
When he’s out of it, he gets frustrated, as we saw with the towels and talking to the referee with such a comfortable lead,» Robson said. «He’s so intense in the moment and it helps his tennis, but there are times when it’s not necessary. because he’s so much better than Paul and there’s no need to stress,» Robson said.
«He was probably caught up in the moment and couldn’t help it. It happens to all of us,» he added. Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic said on Friday that his team plays an important role in helping him keep his mind «sane» during the biggest tournaments.
«Yeah, I mean, it’s not an ideal situation or circumstances when you have to deal with all these other external factors that aren’t really necessary during such a big event,» Djokovic said. «But it’s been a part of my life.
Unfortunately, the last few years even more so. I just try to evolve from that. I try to be more resistant, stronger. But one way or another today, the information reaches you. When it does, it’s there, so you have to find a way to accept it, let it go, just not allow it to consume your day or turn your state of mind into something you don’t want, especially before. semifinals or finals of a Grand Slam,» Djokovic said.