Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas will square off for the men’s singles title in a blockbuster final at the 2023 Australian Open on Sunday (January 29). Third seed Tsitsipas dropped a set but bounced back to edge 18th seed Karen Khachanov 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 on Friday en route to his first appearance in the final at Melbourne Park. Nine-time champion Djokovic, on the other hand, extended his winning streak at the Australian Open to 27 matches with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 triumph over first-time Major semifinalist Tommy Paul.
The Serb wasn’t at his best during the opening set of his semifinal encounter. He squandered a 5-1 lead to let the American come back into the set. However, just like he has done multiple times in the past, Novak Djokovic was able to raise his level when it mattered the most.
The win put him within touching distance of a record-extending 10th title at his most successful Slam. It also presents the 35-year-old an opportunity to tie the men’s record of 22 Major titles with Rafael Nadal.
Standing in his way is Tsitsipas, whom the Serb defeated in the 2021 French Open final after initially trailing by two sets to love. This will be the Greek’s first trip to a Grand Slam final since that Paris heartbreak. Tsitsipas had previously lost three semifinals in the season’s first Major before finally converting one on Friday.
Both players will have an extra source of motivation on Sunday as the World No. 1 ranking is also on the line. With the winner set to rise to the pinnacle of the world rankings, it makes for a highly exciting summit showdown.
Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas match schedule
Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas will compete for the Australian Open title during the night session at the Rod Laver Arena.
Date: January 29, 2023
Match timing: Not before 7:30 pm local time, 2:00 pm IST, 8:30 am GMT, 3:30 am ET
Rod Laver Arena is set to host the exciting men’s final matchup between No. 4-seed and 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and No. 3-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday at the 2023 Australian Open in Melbourne. Djokovic heads into the matchup with the opportunity to match Rafael Nadal’s world record of 22 Grand Slam titles, while Tsitsipas will be looking for his first-ever Grand Slam title on Sunday. The 24-year-old Greek star will be participating in his second-ever Grand Slam final, though, as Tsitsipas made it to the 2021 French Open final, where he lost despite being two sets up on none other than Djokovic.
Djokovic’s most recent Grand Slam title was at Wimbledon 2022, although the points didn’t count towards the Serbian legend’s ATP ranking due to the tournament allowing Russian players to participate.
Don’t miss the thrilling matchup between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday, with the first Grand Slam title of the year on the line for the two tennis stars.
Australian Open 2023 has reached its conclusion, with the women’s and men’s singles finals almost here.
Can men’s favourite Novak Djokovic defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim a record 10th title?
A year after being deported from Australia for not getting vaccinated, Novak Djokovic has turned the tables in style and has fought hamstring issues to book a final date with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Serbian is on the verge of lifting his record 10th Australian Open title and on the other hand, Tsitsipas will be eyeing his very first Grand Slam title.
Tsitsipas is yet to find his feet in the opening set, Djokovic is off to a flyer here. The Serb has a break point straightaway. With a down-the-line winner, the Greek brings it back to deuce. Eventually, Tsitsipas holds. LIVE | Djo vs Tsit: 1-1
So there you go! Djokovic starts service in the opening set. The Serbian gets the first game comfortably, just the start he would have hoped for.
Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas are all set to lock horns against each other in the Australian Open men’s singles final on Sunday. This is the second time Djokovic and Tsitsipas will meet in a Grand Slam final after the French Open final in 2021 where the former emerged victorious.
Djokovic is looking to win his 10th Australian Open title and if he manages to achieve the feat on Sunday, he will become only the third player in the history of the sport to have won a single Major 10 times or more. Deshi Jhamela.