It looks like Novak Djokovic’s 10th title at Melbourne Park is about to go down. The Serbian tennis player, 35 years old and current number five in the world, starts as the wide favorite to win the Australian Open title. At this point the question is whether any of the other three players left alive could harm him.
It should be noted that neither Stefanos Tsitsipas, nor Tommy Paul nor Karen Khachanov know what it is to win a Grand Slam. That is one more reason that can play in favor of a ‘Nole’ who seems invincible. One of the greatest legends in the history of ‘white sport’, the American John McEnroe, does see at least one of the survivors with a real chance of playing a trick on him.
“Tsitsipas has options and it could make life difficult for him in the final, but Novak will always be the favourite. We continue to see upsets this year and I wouldn’t be surprised if an underdog ends up winning the tournament,” McEnroe said.
“This is the most balanced Slam I remember in years. It is being the Grand Slam of surprises”, he added in conversation with ‘Eurosport’. He also had words of encouragement for the Spanish Rafael Nadal, whom he sees still fighting for the big titles.
«I don’t know anyone who gives as much of himself as Nadal. He’s not going to compete just to be number 10 or 20 in the world. When he sees that it’s not possible to win Majors, that’s when he retires,» he said. saying. Do you see Stefanos Tsitsipas beating Novak Djokovic in a hypothetical final in Australia?
Djokovic on the ‘American way’ of play
Novak Djokovic shared his thoughts on the «American way» of playing tennis.
«How I would describe North America, it would probably be the type of tennis style that focuses a lot on precise, powerful serving, and aggressive style, hitting the net,» Djokovic said, when asked about the same.
«Of course, some of the biggest champions of our sport that came from the United States had different styles, like John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, right? Andre Agassi was probably the first guy that came back so well, he was left behind. , after Borg». – not networking as much as the other guys.
90% of the players did serve-volleys. Nowadays, you can’t see that at all,» explained the Serb.