Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic go head to head in a mouth-watering 2023 Australian Open final on Sunday. Not only…
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic go head to head in a mouth-watering 2023 Australian Open final on Sunday.
Not only is the Norman Brookes Trophy at stake for both players in Melbourne, but the winner will also be crowned the new world number one.
The two players served up a thriller when they last met in a grand slam final; Djokovic recovering from two sets down to deny Tsitsipas a maiden title at the 2021 French Open.
The Serb will hope for a repeat of that result as he seeks a record-extending 10th Australian Open crown that would also see him tie Rafael Nadal’s 22 major crowns.
Djokovic has never lost a final at the season’s opening slam, while he now boasts an impressive 27 successive main-draw victories – surpassing Andre Agassi’s long-standing record.
The 35-year-old recovered from a hamstring issue to enjoy a dominant run to the Championship match. Indeed, he only dropped 20 games across his wins over Alex de Minaur, Andrey Rublev and Tommy Paul.
Only Agassi (16 in 2003) has dropped a combined fewer games across the last 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals in the Open Era.
Djokovic boasts a dominant 10-2 record against Tsitsipas, who is looking to finally end his wait for grand slam silverware.
The 24-year-old is the youngest male finalist at Melbourne Park since Djokovic and Andy Murray contested the 2011 showpiece, in which the Serb landed his second crown.
A beaten semi-finalist on three occasions, Tsitsipas broke new ground when defeated Karen Khachanov in four sets on Friday, while extending his 100 per cent record against the Olympic silver medallist with a sixth win from six meetings.
The Greek ace has only let three sets slip this fortnight – also dropping two in his fourth-round win over Jannik Sinner – and will hope his moment of destiny is just around the corner.
Play gets underway at around 8.30am GMT on Sunday with the match contested over the best of five sets on Rod Laver Arena.
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