Novak Djokovic finished his 2022 with a flourish, triumphing for the sixth time at the ATP Finals and equaling Roger Federer's record. The former world number 1 left no way out for Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev, Taylor Fritz and Casper Ruud, proving that he is still the man to beat.
Despite a season heavily conditioned by his choice not to vaccinate against Coronavirus, the Serbian phenomenon managed to win Wimbledon, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the ATP Finals in Turin, the ATP 500 in Astana and the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv.
In addition to having equaled his idol Pete Sampras with seven wins at Church Road, the 35-year-old from Belgrade has moved only one distance behind Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. The 'Djoker' will try to join the Australian Open 2023 already, having been authorized by the local government to travel to Australia next January.
After a few weeks of negotiations, the three-year ban on the Serbian's head was lifted.
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While Novak Djokovic was recently authorized by the government to travel to Australian territory with the aim of participating in the Australian Open (from January 16 to 29, 2023), the Serb should, according to several Serbian media, start his year with the Adelaide ATP 250, scheduled for January 2-8.
Nole will not be alone to start his season in Adelaide since Andy Murray has confirmed, via a press release, his participation. “Playing at the Adelaide International for the first time is something I look forward to.
The Australian public loves tennis and they have always been very supportive of me. I worked hard in the off-season and the Adelaide International will be great preparation for the Australian Open. I can't wait to see what Adelaide and 2023 bring," said the Briton.
Note that Jannik Sinner will also be there. Reflecting on a healthy rivalry between the Big 3 through the last two decades, Wilander shared his assessment of how each of the three greats made their mark on the world stage. "Roger pushed the boundaries, then Rafa pushed him before Novak came on stage to spoil the party," Wilander said in a recent interview with Eurosport.
"Three opposing playing styles of the trio, which emerged at different times," Wilander added. "The guy is physically an absolute exception and emotionally an animal on the tennis court - amazing," Wilander said on Djokovic. Novak Djokovic achieved another major feat previously held by Roger Federer.