Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas have been the season’s best players so far. Novak and Stefanos reached the Australian Open undefeated, with the winner becoming world no. 1 instead of Carlos Alcaraz. Djokovic played his tenth Australian Open final and remained undefeated following a 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 triumph in two hours and 56 minutes.
Novak saved it, secured the set in the tie break and prevailed again in the third to lift his 22nd Major trophy. Djokovic hit 36 winners and 22 unforced errors and built the advantage in the mid-range exchanges. The Serb lost serve once and delivered two breaks in a tight battle.
Stefanos Tsitsipas lost the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic.
Novak made a convincing start, serving well in the opener and keeping the pressure on the other side. Tsitsipas defended two break points in the second game to avoid an early setback.
Novak denied it with a forehand down the line winner and gained a boost. Djokovic forged a 4-1 advantage in the tie break before Tsitsipas climbed back to 4-4. The Greek missed an easy forehand in the ninth point and placed a backhand long in the next one to offer the Serb two set points.
Novak fired a service winner on the first to wrap up the breaker 7-4 and build a massive advantage after an hour and 46 minutes. Djokovic took a bathroom break and lost his focus for a moment. Tsitsipas broke him at the start of the third set before losing serve a few minutes later.
The Serb lost the following three points before creating three match points with a forehand down the line winner at 5-3. Stefanos denied the first two with brave hitting and reduced the deficit to 6-5. Novak sealed the deal on his third match point to emerge at the top and celebrate his 22nd Major title.