Novak Djokovic wins his 10th Australian Open

In the grand final of the 2023 Australian Open, after 176 minutes of play, Novak Djokovic defeated the fourth player in the world, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6:3, 7:6 (4), 7:6 (5).

Djokovic is now tied to Rafael Nadal with his men’s record 22nd Grand Slam championship and reclaiming his No. 1 world ranking despite a leg injury that was worse than he initially acknowledged.

It represented a comeback for a champion who had been deported by Australian officials one year earlier — and vilified by many in the country — because of his refusal to comply with the country’s coronavirus vaccine mandates. That choice cost him dearly last season, barring him as well from contesting the U.S. Open and the North American hard-court season that preceded it.

Djokovic will reclaim the No. 1 ranking he has already held for a record 373 weeks but lost to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in June.

He will enter the French Open with 22 Grand Slam titles, just like Rafael Nadal.

(B92, 29.01.2023)

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