Men’s Australian Open final result: Novak Djokovic – Stefanos Tsitsipas 6: 3, 5: 5 (second set in progress)
Men’s doubles final at the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas are playing not only for victory in Melbourne, but also for the position of leader of the ATP ranking, which will be left by Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who leads the top after winning the 2022 US Open.
The Serb is fighting for his 10th victory and 22nd Grand Slam title in Australia. So he can match the number of titles with Rafael Nadal.
In the history of tennis, only two women have won more than these two ranks – Australian Margaret Court (24) and American Serena Williams (23).
The Serb’s first Grand Slam victory came 15 years ago in Melbourne. Lover Arena is a special place for him.
Djokovic has a patent on Tsitsipas
For Tsitsipas, this will be only the second final of the tournament with this rating. In 2021, he already played in the decisive match of the French Open, but lost to Djokovic. The Serb was losing 0: 2 in sets after that, but got out of trouble.
Both are undefeated this season. Djokovic won the tournament in Adelaide, while Tsitsipas was successful in the Fed Cup, winning four singles matches.
They have already won six matches in Melbourne. The Serb had more problems than his rivals due to a leg injury. But after the last two meetings, he admitted his thigh was getting better.
Stefanos has nothing to lose. Nobody forced Djokovic to work harder in this tournament. I hope my wingers will do it,” said Mark Philippoussis, coach of Tsitsipasa.
At least in the beginning, the coach’s words had no effect on the events on the field.
The final of the first match was dictated by Djokovic, who confidently won with his services and fought like a lion when he served the Greek. In the fourth game, Tsitsipas broke and took a 3-1 lead.
Video: Eurosport Australian Open Championship. Djokovic broke Tsitsipas in the fourth game of the first set
– Not what we all wanted, a quick loss of service. Not because we support the Serb, but only for the sake of this match and its drama – Lech Sidor admitted, commenting on this match in Eurosport.
The favorite until the end of the first set did not give up the advantage he had at the start. As a result, he won 6: 3 in 36 minutes. “We only had one break, but the quality of play and confidence in Djokovic’s team is clear. The Greek was a slight extra,” second commentator Karol Stoupa assesses.
Video: Eurosport Australian Open Championship. Djokovic won the first set against Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas came out braver in the second set. Speed up the game, and start reaching the finish line. In the fourth game, he scared Noll for the first time in the match, winning by two points on his serve. However, the candidate quickly eliminated the threat and became 2: 2.
Minor favorite problems
However, Djokovic was not as calm as in the first set. He started to nod, shouting something towards his booth. – This is the first situation in the game where Novak got a little hot. We saw him exchange some harsh words with coach Goran Ivanisevic.” This translates into a slight crunch at 3:4. Fortunately for Novak, only light, because he is again with problems, but he defended himself and we drew 4:4.
Another Djokovic service game and more trouble. This time, the challenger had a set piece that was defended by a large forehand from the Serbian. After a while, the favorite tied at 5: 5.
All Australian Open matches are broadcast live and replayed on Eurosport Extra in Player
Author: Kashaj / Lot
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