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 only been one distance behind Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. Djokovic 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.
Djokovic from Adelaide to Melbourne
According to Serbian media, Djokovic will start 2023 by playing the ATP 250 in Adelaide, scheduled for January 2-8.
It will be a great test for Nole ahead of his great return at the Australian Open, which will be staged in Melbourne Park from January 16th to 29th. The Serbian will not be the only top player to compete in the Adelaide tournament, as Andy Murray will also be there.
"I'm looking forward to playing Adelaide International for the first time in my career. The Australian public loves tennis and has always supported me. I've been working hard these weeks and the Adelaide ATP will be a great test for the Australian Open.
I hope to have a great season," said the Scottish champion. Also Jannik Sinner will be at the start of the tournament in Adelaide. After the numerous physical problems that affected him this year, the Italian hopes to be able to make the definitive qualitative leap in 2023.