Novak Djokovic statistical performance before the 10 Australian Open titles

Let's analyze how the Serbian champion performed the previous times he triumphed at the Happy Slam

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Novak Djokovic statistical performance before the 10 Australian Open titles
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The wrist injury suffered by Novak Djokovic at the United Cup has alarmed his fans. However it was the Serb himself and his coach Goran Ivanisevic who reassured their supporters. The problem is nothing serious and Djokovic should be regularly (and fit) at the Australian Open. The Serbian tennis player has already won the Happy Slam 10 times. And in a few days he will chase what could become his 11th title in Melbourne. Even if some doubts arose due to the defeat in the United Cup against De Minaur and, indeed, the wrist problem. 

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In previous Slam successes in Melbourne, how did Djokovic's pre-Slam go? Regarding his first 3 successes in Melbourne (2008, 2011 and 2012), Djokovic had not played any official tournament before Melbourne. In 2013, the year of his fourth success, Djokovic took part in the Hopman Cup, then an exhibition team tournament, in which, together with Ana Ivanovic, he represented Serbia who was beaten in the final by Spain. The ATP tournament in Doha in Qatar is now played in February but for a long time it was scheduled in the first week of the year. In 2015, before winning the Australian Open in the final over Andy Murray, Djokovic was defeated in the quarter-finals of the ATP in Doha by Ivo Karlovic. 

The following year, 2016, Djokovic also chose Doha and won the tournament by beating Rafael Nadal in the final. And then sixth title in Melbourne, beating Murray again. Even before his seventh Slam success in Melbourne in 2019 over Nadal, Djokovic was beaten in the semifinals by Bautista Agut on the court in Doha. In 2020 Djokovic participated with Serbia in the first edition of the ATP Cup which he won.  And within a few weeks he won his eighth title in Melbourne, this time over Dominic Thiem. In 2021 there was elimination in the ATP Cup with Serbia by Germany, then came the ninth victory in the Happy Slam, beating Medvedev in the final. Finally, last season, Djokovic chose to go and play in the first week of the year in Australia, at the ATP 250 in Adelaide 1, which he won in the final by beating Sebastian Korda. A few weeks later he won his tenth Australian Slam title, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The other statistics regarding Djokovic at the Australian Open and Tsistipas' words

Talking about other data, there are only 4 overall cases in which Nadal and Djokovic arrive at the Australian Open in Melbourne with a defeat each before Melbourne. Calculating at least 15 years of joint presence on the ATP Tour, the figure is absolutely incredible. It must be said to be honest that there have been years in which especially Djokovic, but also Nadal, have opted for the choice of not playing any preparatory tournament and making their debut immediately in the first slam of the year.

In 2005 in Doha the Spaniard lost to Ljubicic, while Baker Djokovic. In 2009 Nadal lost to Monfils in Doha and Novak to Gulbis in Brisbane, and then in Sydney to Nieminen. In 2015 Nadal lost to Berrer in Doha and Djokovic to Karlovic, also in Doha. Finally the case of this beginning of 2024. Last year there was a great final at the Australian Open, between Djokovic and Tsitsipas. A very balanced match, which lasted 3 hours, but which saw the victory of the Serbian, who won, as mentioned in the first part of the article, the tenth title in Melbourne.

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Almost a year after that match, the Greek talked about it again in an interview conducted on the sidelines of the United Cup. "This final was decided by a few things. I was there, playing a final at the Australian Open, and I had the feeling that it was my time, that great things would happen.I wasn't able to close out the match, but I have to keep pushing. Novak has many finals under his belt and I have the feeling that with the right consistency and the right attitude, moments like this will happen again. There's a lot of effort behind it and I'm ready to maintain the intensity to get there," said Tsitsipas.

The tennis player from Athens experienced a 2023 plagued by physical problems that prevented him from performing to the best of his abilities. New Year's resolutions are lofty. The Olympics are up for grabs, and obviously the slams, which are still missing: "I obviously want to bring an Olympic medal back to my country, this is a goal of mine.I want to win a Grand Slam title, that's a goal of mine too. Definitely to be able to do these things I need to be healthy because there was a moment this season where I wasn't 100%. Those moments appeared after this year's Australian Open and towards the end of the season," he told.

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