Djokovic Wins Thriller Over Korda For Adelaide Title, 92nd Trophy Ties Nadal

by Staff | January 8th, 2023, 11:52 am

Novak Djokovic recorded yet another amazing comeback to capture a title winning in Adelaide Sunday outlasting Sebastian Korda 6-7(8), 7-6(3), 6-4 in three hours, nine minutes.

“It’s been an amazing week and you guys made it even more special. For me to be standing here is a gift, definitely,” Djokovic said on court. “I gave it all today and throughout the week in order to be able to get my hands on the trophy.

“The support that I’ve been getting in the past 10 days is something that I don’t think I’ve experienced too many times in my life, so thank you so much everyone for coming out every single match.”

Korda, 13 years younger than Djokovic, held a match point with Djokovic serving 30-40, 5-6i n the second. Then with Korda serving 4-5 in the third, Djokovic converted.

“Amazing tournament, amazing effort today. I’d probably say that you were closer to victory today than I was,” Djokovic said. “It was decided in one or two shots, one or two points. Tough luck today, but the future is bright for you, so just keep going, and you’re an amazing player. Well done.

“He was quite in control. I wasn’t playing my best at all but found a way to win,” Djokovic said.

“I think in the tough days, when you’re not maybe striking the ball, not feeling your best on the court, and you win the match, particularly if it’s like later stages of the tournament, like the finals, it just gives you even more confidence and satisfaction for achieving that.”

Djokovic will now head into Melbourne as the Australian Open favorite to win a 10th time. He has won his last 34 matches in Australia and overall 23 of his last 24. What a contrast from a year ago.

“Absolutely. Five great matches. The last three opponents: Second round, 7-6, 7-6, tough two tiebreaks against Halys, who is playing very well,” Djokovic added.

“Then I had Shapovalov, Medvedev and Korda, who is on fire, playing some high-level tennis, striking the ball amazingly.

“I couldn’t ask for a better preparation and lead-up to Australian Open.”

The title, Djokovic’s 11th in Australia, gives him 92 overall which equals him with Rafael Nadal on the Open Era list. It’s also the eighth time Djokovic has saved a match point to win a title, first since Dubai 2020.

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14 Comments for Djokovic Wins Thriller Over Korda For Adelaide Title, 92nd Trophy Ties Nadal

Wog Boy Says:

The real #1 in the world from this Monday with stolen Wimbledon points and nobody would be able to take #1 from Nole until Wimbledon this year !

Second time that ATP is stealing the weeks at #1 from Nole after they stole 24 weeks during Covid.

chrisford1 Says:

Wog – NOt true about #1 since Alcazar lost all his points at Wimbledon as well and would still be #1 if Wimbledon points were allocated. But that would be wrong because 6-8 fine Russian and Belarussian players never had a chance to get any Wimbledon points.
I think the ATP handled it well. The All-Wimbledon Club got carried away with the demands of warmongers in the Brit government that all Russians and Belarussians must be punished with bans.

They did it to virtue signal and the ATP kicked them and Boris in the nuts. Told them no points and if they do it again, they will sanction any ATP player that goes to Wimbledon, and would give thought to ending “all that sacred British tradition” and hold an ATP 2000 event instead in Indian Wells, Dubai, China, possibly India, instead.

And tennis had no choice with Covid but to freeze rankings with all the cancelled events and no way to defend points.

Wog Boy Says:

CF1, you are wrong, when all Wimbledon points are allocated to all players Nole is #1, that has been already discussed but you missed it.
Alcaraz earned 180 points (fourth round points), add those points and you’ll get result, Nole is #1 with Wimbledon points.

Wog Boy Says:

AO is going to kick start the tournament on Friday night with Nole vs Kyrgios match at RLA, are you going?
I hope it’ll be full house and they will televise it. Would like to see fans reaction.
It’s good idea for Nole to play exhibition match before his first official match after what happened last year, just to break the ice.

Wog Boy Says:

Nole is also having practice match vs Medvedev tomorrow 2:15-3:30pm, you can check it here, AO official site:

chrisford1 Says:

Wog, no, I’m sorry to say.
If Wimbledon points had counted, final rankings and points would be:
1. Carlos Alcaraz – 6920
2. Rafa Nadal – 6530
3. Casper Ruud – 5895
4. Novak Djokovic -5570
5. Daniil Medvedev – 5065

And Wimbledon barred Russians and Belarussians, so we don’t know how the points would have gone with 5 Russians in the top 20 fighting.

Wog Boy Says:

You don’t have to be sorry but you are looking at wrong rankings or your maths are very very wrong, this is offical rankings as from Monday:

C. Alcaraz Garfia
R. Nadal
C. Ruud
S. Tsitsipas
N. Djokovic

Nole has 2000 points, Rafa 720 and Alcaraz 180 points from last year Wimbledon, add them up and check the result.

Jim Says:

Not only Wimbledon, Djoker was not allowed in USA either – US Open and its lead-up events (Montreal, Cincy…). Add 3,000 points to Djokovic from those, and that’s the real picture.

Wog Boy Says:

If you are around, don’t bother to look for the tickets for Friday Nole vs Kyrgios match at RLA, they were sold yesterday in less than hour the moment they released the tickets, all 15 000 of them.

skeezer Says:

Am sure the reason they sold out was because of Nick, no?

zed Says:

WB, sorry mate I have not seen all these posts as I have been very busy re-siliconing showers and cutting down a dead tree. It’s like this every year, my holiday is full of much more work than my actual work.

Realistically I am not going to be able to attend anything until next week and even then it will have to be a weekend or an evening. I actually prefer the evenings because I’m not a big fan of the hot sun.

If/When you are down here I am looking forward to that beer with you. We can raise our glasses to our many friends here on Tennis-X. We can wear masks if that makes SG1 feel more comfortable :)

Wog Boy Says:

All good mate, arriving on Sunday, we’ll stay in touch, not a bad idea about the masks, to please our TX friends, though it’s hard to drink a beer through masks;)

chrisford1 Says:

Jim – And if Andy wasn’t injured or Sasha wasn’t injured they could have the same 3,000 points, I imagine.
Point is you can’t say people are owed points due to injury or being the only player in the ATP willing to give up chances due to odd vaccine beliefs.
And woulda shoulda coulda doesn’t address the Russian and Belarussian ban at Wimbledon. ATP properly stripped Wimbledon of points and warned further political games by the UK leaders might result in ATP ordering all players to boycott Wimbledon and make a 2000 Slam even in China, India, or UAE instead
(I’d like Latin America added to the alternative to the UK list.

chrisford1 Says:

Wog – I went on year end points after your claim starting this thread that “but for Wimbledon points not counting” Djokovic would be #1 today.
Carlos had 6820 year end points per ATP. Djokovic finished 5th with 4820 points. Add Novaks 2,000 Wimbledon points, he is at 6820, but Alcaraz had 180 points from the 4th round that did not count, which would have given him 7,000 points. But that would have been wrong because we will never know who would have gotten what points if Russia and Belarus had not been banned. Of course you could say that NOW, with Djokovic winning a warmup event that he would have vaulted ahead of the now injured Alcaraz….
But honestly, this is in the weeds sort of stuff. What is done is done. Hard to see anyone that seriously thinks Djokovic was singled out and persecuted by the Powers-That-Be out of many weeks as #1 in 2022. His choice, his anti-vaxxer beliefs. His misfortune that virtue signaling Tories screwed up Wimbledon – and no one blames the ATP for sanctioning the Brits over it.

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