The 21-time Major winner Novak Djokovic will most likely compete at the 2023 Australian Open. The nine-time Melbourne Park champion had to skip the Australian Open this year due to his vaccination status, being detained from Australia following a ten-day drama.
By some reports, senior Federal Government officials have decided to allow Novak to enter Australia and compete at the season's first Major in four months. Djokovic refused to take the vaccine and missed two Majors in 2022, both on his beloved hard court.
The Serb should return to action next season, seeking the tenth Australian Open title. Novak's ninth Melbourne Open crown came in 2021 following a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Daniil Medvedev in an hour and 53 minutes. Novak had spent three and a half hours under a boiling Melbourne sun in round two against Frances Tiafoe before experiencing an abdomen injury against another young American, Taylor Fritz, in the third round.
Novak Djokovic will most likely compete in Australia in January.
Winning the opening two sets, Novak slid over the Melbourne-sign paint at the beginning of the third and injured his stomach muscle. He played with massive pain and lost sets three and four before bouncing back in the decider to escape and remain in contention.
Unsure whether he would play the next match against Milos Raonic, Novak could not practice after that victory over Fritz, raising doubts over his campaign and drawing media attention. Not at his best, Djokovic defeated Raonic in four sets, playing on a high level in sets three and four and gathering many comments about his injury's nature.
Unhappy with the treatment, Novak refused to speak about it from that moment, doing his best to recover and beating Alexander Zverev, Aslan Karatsev and Daniil Medvedev to extend his Melbourne reign. The Serb hit 20 winners and 17 unforced errors against the Russian in the title clash, losing serve twice and dominating the return with seven breaks on his tally from 11 opportunities.
Djokovic held at love at 5-5 in the opener and broke Medvedev in the next one when the Russian netted a forehand to wrap up the set and gain a massive boost. Novak used this boost and experience to dominate sets two and three, playing well on serve and return to win them 6-2 and lift the trophy.