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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