It seems that Novak Djokovic's tenth title at Melbourne Park is about to fall. The Serbian tennis player, 35 years old and current number five in the world, starts as the wide favorite to win the Australian Open scepter. At this point the question is whether one of the other three players left alive could do evil to him.
It should be noted that neither Stefanos Tsitsipas, nor Tommy Paul or 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 keep seeing surprises this year and I wouldn't be surprised if a player who isn't a favorite 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 a 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. Do you see Stefanos Tsitsipas beating Novak Djokovic in a hypothetical final in Australia?
Djokovic on the 'American style' of playing
Novak Djokovic shared his thoughts on the 'American style' of playing tennis.
"How I would describe North America, it would be probably the kind of style of tennis that is focused a lot on the powerful and accurate serve, and aggressive style, coming to the net," Djokovic said, when asked about the same.
"Of course, some of the biggest champions of our sport that came from United States had different styles, like John McEnroe to Pete Sampras to Andre Agassi, right? Andre Agassi was probably the first guy that returned so well, stayed back - after Borg - not coming into the net as much as the other guys. 90% of the players were serve-volleying. Nowadays, you don't get to see that pretty much at all," the Serb explained.