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The first grand slam of 2023 is coming to an end, and we’ve witnessed some of the best tennis over the past two weeks. As it stands, we only have two of our 128 participants left in the draw. One of these players will be hunting for his first ever grand slam title, while the other will chase a record breaking 10th title here in Melbourne. On that note, it’ll be interesting to see which of these players will be left standing at the end of this match.
Stefanos Tsitsipas: The Journey So Far
Stefanos Tsitsipas‘ path to the 2023 Australian Open final has been an interesting one. The Greek player has had to face some tough opponents like Karen Khachanov and Jannik Sinner in this competition.
It’s important to point out that Tsitsipas has never won a grand slam title in his career. This will be his second grand slam final, coincidentally against the same player. Moreover, the last time Tsitsipas played in a grand slam final, he had a two sets lead, but ultimately lost in five sets. Going up against the greatest player in Australian Open history isn’t exactly going to help his cause. Does the Greek player have what it takes to upset Novak Djokovic?
Novak Djokovic: The Journey So Far
With his win over Tommy Paul on Friday, Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak at the Australian Open to 27 matches, breaking the record previously held by Andre Agassi. Ahead of Sunday’s final, we would like to point out that the former World number 1 could potentially break or tie a few grand slam records, including:
- Most consecutive wins in Australian Open history – 26 (stands alone)
- Most Australian Open titles – 9 (stands alone)
- Most men’s singles grand slam titles – 22 (currently held by Rafael Nadal)
Furthermore, Djokovic has been the toughest player to beat in recent years, not just here in Melbourne, but across all competitions. To point out how dominant the Serb has been, we would have to take a look at his results outside of exhibition tournaments over the past few months. Novak Djokovic hasn’t lost any of his last 16 competitive fixtures, he suffered just one loss in his last 37 competitive matches.
Interestingly, the nine-time Australian Open champion won five of the last six tournaments he participated in, including the last two; he will have a chance to make it six out of seven on Sunday.
2023 Australian Open Men’s Final Prediction
Although Stefanos Tsitsipas has enjoyed some fine form lately, we aren’t entirely sure of his chances against the former World number 1. This is partly because because he hasn’t fared too well against Novak Djokovic in recent years. It’s fair to point out that the last eight skirmishes between these players ended in wins for the Serb; as a matter of fact, Djokovic surrendered just one set in his last four meetings with Tsitsipas. Bearing that in mind, while we expect the Greek player to cause all sorts of problems for Novak Djokovic, the nine-time Australian Open champion should be able to win his 10th title here.