Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas For The Australian Open Title, Who’s The Pick?

by Sean Randall | January 28th, 2023, 10:12 pm

The first Grand Slam of the 2023 calendar went mostly according to form at least on the men’s side. Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas were arguably the 1-2 favorites going into the tournament and here they are, the last two standing.

Both have played really well the last few matches coming into the final. Despite his left hamstring, Djokovic has dropped one single set while Tsitsipas had to go five with Jannik Sinner and four against Karen Khachanov two nights ago.

We don’t really know of Djokovic’s hamstring status, but based on his recent play, I’ll say he’s healthy. So too is Tsitsipas.

So it shapes up as a classic final between two very in-form players looking to make history.

Djokovic will tie Rafael Nadal at 22 and return to #1. Tsitsipas will turn into an actual Greek God becoming the first player from his country to win a Grand Slam and ascend to No. 1. There’s a lot on the line tonight.

Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas will be the toughest test for Djokovic yet. He’s more of a complete player than Tommy Paul, Andre Rublev and Alex De Minaur. And other than a first-set blip against Paul, he absolutely destroyed all three.

Tsitsipas brings more variety, more power via his bigger frame and more belief. Tsitsipas was a set from the French Open a few years ago, so he’s close but there’s some scar tissue. That crushing loss is still there.

The problem is Djokovic is 100% locked into winning this title. After what happened last year, the hamstring, his father and now three sets from tying Rafa, there’s just too much fuel and fire and that’s what will push him over the top tonight. It’s almost a sense of inevitability and Djokovic will not be denied.

On paper, Tsitsipas could and maybe should win this. He’s 11 years younger, playing well, has the game and he’s motivated. He’ll also have a fair bit of the crowd and like Novak, this is his best event. And if this were a Paris or Indian Wells, maybe he would.

But in best-of-5, in a Grand Slam title match with so much at stake, against a legend, it’s hard to bet against the likes of Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in these situations.

Djokovic leads 10-2 having won their last nine meetings. That’s nine straight! He’s also won all five finals against Tsitsipas. They played four times last year with their Paris indoor semifinal going the distance. This will be their third Grand Slam meeting, first away from the French.

Tsitsipas has firepower that can hurt Djokovic. Tonight, he’ll have to serve well and pound the forehand. Something he has been doing. But it’s hard to see Djokovic having an off night and letting down. Not on this court, at this stage, which has never ever happened.
The Pick: Djokovic in 4

Match is on ESPN at 3:30am. Set your alarms!

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11 Comments for Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas For The Australian Open Title, Who’s The Pick?

Daniel Says:

Djokovic a few games away from becoming undisputed GOAT (he already is)! Icing on the cake getting the number 1 back. Last 2 Slams he played he will wins, wasn’t able to play USO. Fully back and clear mesaage to the circuit.
He knows he needs to capitilize as much as he can this 2023 and 2024, as age eventually will catch up.

Alison hodge Says:

Congrats Novak and fans, welcome to the 22 club….

Daniel Says:

– 22 Grand Slams (record shared with Nadal)
– Only player in the lat 50years to hold 4 at once, Djoko Slam
– Double career Slam
– 374 weeks as #1 and counting (record, will most likelly reach 400 putting almost 100 on top of Federer and 200 on top of Nadal)
– 7 Year End #1 (record stand alone) in a spam of 11 years
– 6 ATP Finals (record shared with Federer)
– 38 Masters Titles (record stand alone)
– 93 titles (third, chasing Federer 103 and Connors 109).

chrisford1 Says:

Liked what an announcer said as Novak greeted the umpire at the end.

“He isn’t on the edge of greatness. He IS greatness.”

Van Persie Says:

Finally healed after what happened last year.

Thank you, Nole, for not giving up. You are the GREATEST!

Wog Boy Says:

Without a doubt the most important win of his career considering everything that happened to him.
I wasn’t as optimistic as Dave and Zed, I am glad I was wrong😁

Madmax Says:

Congratulations to Novak. Oh my God, crying with him. Crying for his success and for his utter motivation to keep going through all adversities.

Thank you to him for a fine display of craftsmanship, not one of the greatest finals, in my opinion, but nevertheless, so much achieved as of today.

Good luck to his team moving forward.

Madmax Says:


It is beautiful indeed.

Good luck and all the best to Novak and to Rafa in their ongoing careers.

SG1 Says:

Fantastic win for Novak. He continues to prove that when he’s on, he is far and away the best player on the planet and to my mind, the undisputed GOAT. All these young guns with big aspirations play great and then, when they get to the final and play Novak, it’s like the proverbial Cessna crashing into mountain. The mountain never loses.

Bal Says:

The boss is back and with a bang. The king is back on the throne he deserves. Hats off to the grit of steel and resolve after treated shabbily last year and what a way to answer all those sideliner critics and who were trying to deny greatness to the GOAT.
Whatever he achieves from now on will be icing on the mountainous peak he has climbed.
This coming from a fed fan

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