SERBIAN WINS HIS FIRST TITLE OF THE YEAR IN ADELAIDE
"I gave everything today and also throughout the week to be able to get my hands on this trophy," he added.
Opposed to the American Sebastian Korda in the final of the ATP 250 tournament in Adelaide, this Sunday January 8, Novak Djokovic won in three sets (6-7 (8), 7-6 (3), 6-4) . After a match lasting more than three hours, the Serb won the 92nd trophy of his career.
With this new title, his first of the year 2023, Djokovic joins Rafael Nadal in fourth place for the most tournament victories. The Serb, 5th in the world, had to save a match point in the second set before offering himself the 92nd trophy of his career after a match of more than three hours against the son of former world number two Petr Korda.
A 10th Australian Open for Djokovic?
In Melbourne, Djokovic will try to equal Rafael Nadal’s record for Grand Slam victories (22) and win his tenth Australian Open, a record too. He had not been able to play there last year following a legal and health imbroglio. Not vaccinated against Covid-19, he was finally expelled from the country.
“The support I’ve received over the past ten days is something I haven’t experienced very often in my life,” he told the Adelaide crowd after his victory. Thanks to this new success, Djokovic, 35, is tied with Nadal for the number of singles titles won in the Open era for men, behind the American Jimmy Connors (109), the Swiss Roger Federer (103) and the Czech Ivan Lendl (94).
Facing Korda, who was in his fifth final (a title in Parma in 2021), the Serb saved a match point as the American, 33rd in the ATP rankings, served at 6-5, 40/30 in the second set.