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Australian Open: "I'm 110%", Djokovic joins Tsitsipas in the final

2023-01-27T11:51:29.108Z


Imperial against Tommy Paul, the Serb will aim for a tenth title in Melbourne on Sunday, a 22nd Grand Slam title and a return to the club.


It's not really a surprise… For the 10th time in his career, Novak Djokovic, 35, is in the final of the Australian Open.

The Serb, undefeated in Melbourne for five years and twenty-seven games, got rid of the American Tommy Paul in three small sets (7-5, 6-1, 6-2) to join Stefanos Tsitsipas, who scored the Russian Khachanov a few hours earlier.

An uneventful victory, apart from a somewhat strange first set from the Belgrader, who led 5-1 and set point before being brought up to 5-5.

Simple incident for the nine-time winner of the tournament, who really did not need to force on his painful left thigh, the target of all eyes and some controversy since the start of the competition.

Djokovic got scared but won the first set (7-5)!



Follow his semi-final on Eurosport, the Eurosport app and https://t.co/XcZuM6O9AA#AusOpen #HomeOfTennis pic.twitter.com/TlI8np2rWZ

– Eurosport France (@Eurosport_FR) January 27, 2023

The towers pass and the adversaries, even in the form of their life, keep passing away.

The last three outings of the Serb (De Minaur, Rublev and Paul) have been so many demonstrations.

Almost unplayable.

"See you in two days, Stefanos!"

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“I still have enough fuel in my legs, blows Djokovic.

I'm not as fresh as when I started the tournament but I've been through this many times in my career.

The first battle is with yourself.

I had heavy legs in the first set but I kept my nerves, I hit the ball much better and I'm very happy to have had a good feeling.

It's perfect.

Energy level, I am at 110%.

See you in two days, Stefanos!

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On Sunday, Djokovic will once again make history at the Rod Laver Arena.

In the event of victory (knowing that he has not lost any of his nine local finals), he would make three shots with one bullet with a 10th Austral coronation, a return to the chair of world No. 1 and above all a 22nd Grand Slam to return to the height of Rafael Nadal.

The last time he had found himself in such a flattering position (possibility of a calendar Grand Slam and a record 21 Majors at the time), Djoko had completely missed out on the event against Medvedev.

But this time, the Greek will really have to be very strong to block his way.

Novak Djokovic's fans react to his semi-final victory outside of Rod Laver Arena 🙌🇷🇸



Wait for his oldest fan ❤️#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/aUoHWoG2Tr

— Eurosport (@eurosport) January 27, 2023

Two years ago, in the Roland-Garros final, Tsitsipas had led two sets to nothing before the Belgrade comeback and a bathroom break that had caused a stir.

“A rather positive memory, smiles Djokovic.

It was the first time that I came up against such a handicap in the Major final.

Physically, mentally, emotionally, it was something.

I respect him a lot, he's one of the most interesting guys on the circuit off the court.

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Fifteen years ago, the record hunter won the first Grand Slam of his career in Melbourne against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"I always have a galloping imagination," he says.

But I wouldn't have believed it.

And it's probably not over...

Source: leparis

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