On Sunday, Novak Djokovic will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the 2023 Australian Open. In addition to winning the first Slam of the season, the winner will also become the new world number 1 by ousting Carlos Alcaraz from the throne after 20 weeks of reign.
The Serbian phenomenon is hunting for his tenth seal in Melbourne Park, where he hasn't lost since 2018. A possible 'Down Under' triumph would also allow him to reach 22 Majors, tying his eternal rival Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking .
For the Greek, it would instead be the first Grand Slam in his career, after losing the 2021 Roland Garros final against Nole. In recent days, the 'Djoker' has ended up again in the eye of the storm after his father was immortalized together with some Putin supporters outside the Rod Laver Arena.
Srdjan was not present in Novak's box during his semi-final match against Tommy Paul and it is unclear whether he will be present on Sunday. Pressed by journalists from 'The Age', AO director Craig Tiley expressed his sincere opinion on this matter.
Craig Tiley on Nole Djokovic
Craig Tiley has spoken in words collected by TheAge, about the controversy caused by the appearance of Novak Djokovic's father in a friendly attitude with a group of Russians with symbols in favor of the war.
"I have been able to speak with them and it was clear to me that Srdjan does not support the war. They have had a very good attitude and are aware of the importance of avoiding things like this. I recommended that they be very careful because an event of this caliber is a very remarkable and it is necessary to be careful with what is transmitted.
We know that there may be people who come to the tournament for harmful purposes, so I told them to try to stay away from that at all times," commented the director of the Australian Open 2023. Following Djokovic's win in the semifinals, Boris Becker told Eurosport Germany's Matchball Becker show that Novak Djokovic's career accomplishments should not be underestimated.
"I don't know if a tennis player can achieve something like that again. We are watching tennis history live here. We all take it for granted: The Djoker, he will do it. No, guys - that's not normal!" Becker said. "You could also notice on the court that he was catching his breath a bit more than usual. Let us enjoy it while we can see it because at some point it will be over," Becker said.