DIRECT. Australian Open: Djokovic challenges Tsitsipas in the final for a 10th coronation

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The journey of the finalists

Djokovic winner against: Carballes (6-3, 6-4, 6-0), Couacaud (6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0), Dimitrov (7-6, 6-3, 6 -4), De Minaur (6-2, 6-1, 6-2), Rublev (6-1, 6-2, 6-4) and Paul (7-5, 6-1, 6-2).

Tsitsipas winner against: Halys (6-3, 6-4, 7-6), Hijikata (6-3, 6-0, 6-2), Griekspoor (6-2, 7-6, 6-3), Sinner (6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3), Lehecka (6-3, 7-6, 6-4) and Khachanov (7-6, 6-4, 6- 7, 6-3).

The Serb in the Promised Land

A year ago almost to the day, the Australian Open semi-finals were played without Djokovic, expelled from the country because he did not meet the health conditions for entry. The Serb is still not vaccinated, but this time he can participate in the Grand Slam, which seems to delight a large part of the population.

Tsitsipas in search of a feat

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Still in search of a first Grand Slam title, Tsitsipas is probably playing the best tennis of his career but will face a mountain. The statistics are hardly favorable to the Greek, beaten ten times out of twelve (including the last nine) by Djoko. In 2021, the duo had already found themselves in the final of Roland-Garros. With a lead of two sets to nothing, Tsitsipas thought he had his prey before a widely commented toilet break from the Serb followed by a relentless comeback.

The winner will be world number 1

Another major challenge of this duel at the top, the place of world number 1: the winner will recover the seat of leader at the top of the ATP ranking. Relegating Carlos Alcaraz, injured and forfeited for the tournament, to second place. The loser will point to 3rd place in the world rankings.

Djoko towards a 22nd Major?

Djokovic (35, world number 5) is the favorite for this promising final in Melbourne against Tsitsipas (24, number 4). If successful, the Serb would pocket a 22nd Grand Slam title, and equal Rafael Nadal’s record. He has already lifted the Australian Open trophy nine times, in as many finals since his first in 2008.

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