Novak Djokovic will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last act of the Australian Open 2023, which will also put first place in the ATP ranking up for grabs. The Serbian champion, who is hunting for his tenth seal in Melbourne Park, liquidated the American Tommy Paul in the semifinals, leaving him just eight games.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade thus made it to 26 consecutive AO match wins and looked particularly dominant in week two. Suffice it to say that the former ATP number 1 won 11 straight sets and is only one win away from his 22nd Major, which would allow him to catch Rafael Nadal at the top of the all-time rankings.
Djokovic and Tsitsipas have already met in a Grand Slam final, at Roland Garros 2021, with Nole victorious in five sets after being down by two sets. The Greek is perhaps playing the best tennis of his career and will do anything to get his revenge.
To the microphones of Eurosport, the former British player Laura Robson analyzed the state of form of the 'Djoker'
Laura Robson reflects on Djokovic
"I think Novak Djokovic’s a perfectionist. Wanting perfection 100% of the time.
When it’s off that, he does get frustrated, like we saw with the towels and talking to the umpire with such a comfortable lead," Robson said. "He’s so intense in the moment, and it helps his tennis, but there are times when it’s not necessary because he’s so much better than Paul, and there’s no need to stress," Robson said.
"He was probably caught up in the moment and he couldn’t help himself. It happens to all of us," she added. Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic on Friday said his team plays a major role in helping him keep his mind "sane" during major tournaments.
"Yeah, I mean, it's not an ideal situation or circumstances to be in when you have to kind of deal with all these other outside factors that are not really necessary during such an important event," Djokovic said. "But it's been part of my life.
Unfortunately last few years more so. I just try to evolve from it. I try to become more resilient, more stronger. But in one way or another today, information comes to you. When it does, it's there, so then you have to find a way just to kind of accept, let it go, just not allow it to consume your day or turn your state of mind into something that you don't want, especially before semifinals or finals of a Grand Slam," Djokovic said.