Djokovic To Play Tsitsipas In Australian Open Final


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Novak Djokovic defeated Tommy Paul 7-5 6-1 6-2 to set up a final clash with Stefano Tsitsipas in the 2023 Australian Open. 

The 35-year-old recovered from a poor first set to earn a straight forward victory.

Tsitsipas got the better of Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 to book a final place.

Djokovic defeated Tsitsipas in the French Open final in 2021, the Greek will be aiming for a revenge on Sunday.

The 35-year-old Serbian set a new record of 27 consecutive wins in the men’s singles at Melbourne dating back to 2018.

He will also play in his 33rd major singles final, equalling Serena Williams’ tally and leaving him one behind Chris Evert’s all-time record.

Tsitsipas is excited to make his country proud at the Australian Open.

“I feel blessed for the fact I’m able to play tennis at this level and for many years I’ve wanted to put Greek tennis on the map – Maria [Sakkari] and I have done that, I think,” Tsitsipas said.

“Coming from a small country like Greece I feel so grateful I get support like this.

“I never thought I would be treated so well here so I’m extremely happy I’m in the final now – let’s see what happens.”

Elena Rybakina will take on Aryna Sabalenka  in the Women’s singles final on Saturday, while the men’s singles final is billed for Sunday between Djokovic and Tsitsipas.

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