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As I’m sure you are fully aware, it’s a showdown between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic for the 2023 Australian Open title. This is the 13th time that these two players have met on the ATP Tour. But will it be lucky number 13 for Stefanos Tsitsipas, or will it be another Djokovic title in Melbourne? In my humble opinion, I believe that Novak Djokovic will win the match. However, it has the potential to be a classic match given the way that these guys are playing right now.
Anyway, my purpose today isn’t to share predictions about which way this match might swing. Instead, my purpose in sharing this article is to showcase what’s actually on the line in the Australian Open men’s final 2023. People might assume that it’s merely the shot of winning a Grand Slam. And while yes, this is obviously part of what’s on the line, it isn’t the only thing that’s riding on Sunday’s final.
Therefore, I’d like to actually show you three things that are possible once the final ball has been struck in this match. Once you’ve read through them, you will have a clear understanding of the pressure and the magnitude of this game. So let me get started right now.
2023 Australian Open Men’s Final – Three Underlying Opportunities
Before this tournament started, plenty of people would have chosen Novak Djokovic as their tip for the title. However, I don’t think that the overwhelming majority would have picked Tsitsipas as their second choice. Yet the 24-year-old Greek has made it, and he will certainly play his part in this intriguing clash. As for what’s on the line, as promised, I’d like to share those details right now.
World Number One Ranking
There were four guys who had a shot of taking over the number-one ranking prior to the Australian Open 2023. As a reminder, these guys were Ruud, Nadal, Djokovic, and Tsitsipas. And as it happens, the two guys that had to win the tournament to take the number one spot are in the final. So when the rankings are released on Monday, one of these guys will be at the top of the ATP rankings, guaranteed.
Djokovic to Equal Rafael Nadal
Everyone knows that the battle for the undisputed GOAT of men’s tennis in terms of Grand Slam titles involves Nadal and Djokovic. Currently, Nadal has one more Grand Slam than Djokovic, with 22 in his locker. Therefore, Djokovic is bidding to equal Nadal on 22 Grand Slam titles. Of course, if he beats Tsitsipas in this match he will have equaled his long-term rival once again. Not only that, but he would take his 10th Australian Open title, which is just phenomenal.
Tsitsipas to Make the Next-Gen Breakthrough
Going into this match, Tsitsipas has made one Grand Slam final, achieved at Roland Garros in 2021. And he has made four semi-finals – Roland Garros 2020, and the Australian Open in 2019, 2021, and 2022. So clearly, he has been knocking on the door for quite a few years already. Yet if he was to win the Australian Open, he would join Medvedev as one of the only guys to win a slam with Djokovic and Nadal still going.