The Novak Djokovic revenge tour is complete.
The Serbian was crowned champion of the 2023 Australian Open by beating Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), at Melbourne Park on Sunday night to write the perfect ending to his run at a tournament he was unjustifiably banned from over his vaccination status last year.
To put into perspective how dominant he was in this Grand Slam, only one of Djokovic’s seven wins was not in straight sets. He now has become just the second man to win 10 titles at the same Grand Slam event, and is tied with Rafael Nadal for the most major tournament wins of any male tennis player with 22.
His celebration with his family and friends after showed that this tournament win, considering everything that he had endured off the court, was especially satisfying to him.
"This has been one of the most challenging tournaments I've ever played in my life, considering the circumstances. Not playing last year; coming back this year," Djokovic said. "And I want to thank all the people that made me feel welcome, made me feel comfortable, to be in Melbourne, to be in Australia."
The win also vaulted Djokovic from No. 5 in the world to No. 1, the largest jump to the top spot in the history of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) poll.
While Djokovic is 35 and in the twilight of his career, he says he's not going anywhere.
“I really don’t want to stop here. I don’t have any intention to stop here,” he said. “I feel great about my tennis. I know that when I’m feeling good physically, mentally present, I have a chance to win any slam against anybody.
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