Novak Djokovic Aims to Make History at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic Aims to Make History at Australian Open

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic (REUTERS/Edgar Su)

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic looks on the horizon of a new Australian Open with the possibility of entering even further into the history of world tennis. He lands as one of the candidates chosen to win the first Grand Slam of the season. He did it in the previous edition, when he won his tenth Australian title, thus becoming the tennis player with the most crowns in this tournament, thus equaling Rafa Nadal for the total number of Grand Slams won, whom he soon surpassed with the victory at Roland Garros and the US Open, increasing his number to 24. This year, with the wound, he can break two records.

Djokovic is currently tied with local legend Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam titles each. If he were to become champion on the Melbourne Park track he would have the opportunity to become the player with the most major titles won in the history of the sport. Court, remembered for her exceptional performance at the Australian Open with eleven victories, compared to ten for the Serbian.

In addition to this record figure, Djokovic is about to surpass another milestone: he could become the tennis player with the most hard court titles if he manages to surpass Roger Federer, with whom he currently shares the record of 71 titles on this surface. With his possible victory in Australia, Djokovic would not only revalidate his title and surpass these two historical records, but he would also add his 99th trophy to a legendary record, getting even closer to the figures of 103 for Federer and 109 for Jimmy Connors.

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The importance of the first Grand Slam of the year is undeniable for the Serbian. “It’s my favorite place, without a doubt. The court where I have done great things and achieved my best results,” Djokovic said. Despite expectations, he is cautious and focused on his game: “I have to see how it goes here to think about everything else, including the Paris Games.”

The preparation for this tournament has not been without obstacles for the Balkan player. The beginning of 2024 brought with it physical discomfort, but the latest medical reports have been encouraging. “My wrist is fine, I’ve had time to recover since the United Cup. I’ve been training well in Melbourne, so far without feeling any pain. “It looks good, let’s see how it goes,” Djokovic assured before his entry into the competition.

Djokovic’s path towards legend continues this Sunday, in the premiere of the Sunday day, one of the novelties of the event, not before 9 in the morning Spanish peninsular and central European time. His first rival will be the young Croatian promise Dino Prizmic, 18 years old, Grand Slam debutant and current Roland Garros junior champion.

Prizmic, ranked 178 on the ATP list, arrives after beating Tunisian Aziz Dougaz 6-3, 6-4 in Melbourne and makes his debut in the final draw of a Grand Slam in demanding fashion, facing the leader of the world rankings. With just three ATP tournament victories under his belt, most notably against Czech Jiri Lehecka in Stockholm, Prizmic will have to face the challenge that Djokovic represents in his quest for tennis history.

2024-01-13 13:54:00
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