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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic Wins His 22nd Grand Slam Against Stefanos Tsitsipas

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This Sunday, Novak Djokovic entered a little more in the history of tennis. The Serbian won his 22nd Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open final against Tsitsipas. This is the 10th time that the Serbian has won the Australian Open, after those of 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Djokovic quickly took the lead in the final by taking the first set 3-6. In the second set but also in the third set, the exchanges were balanced but the Serbian confirmed his status by winning both sets with a score of 6-7.

Aryna Sabalenka finally consecrated

Now in control of her power and nerves, the 24-year-old Belarussian was able to topple an enterprising Rybakina. “I’m not on this planet anymore” she gloated.

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka

After… Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon 2022, the women’s circuit has a new Grand Slam winner (the 11th new head since 2018!), in the person of Aryna Sabalenka, who now moves from 5th to 2nd place in the world. The tall Belarussian (1.83 m) is obviously no stranger to the circuit, but she has undoubtedly shed, in one fell swoop, her reputation as a player too nervous to offer herself a real prize, despite the enormous power she exudes. Until now, Sabalenka was the queen of missed opportunities in three sets, as in her three lost Grand Slam semifinals (Wimbledon 2021, US Open 2021 and 2022), before this Australian Open. That is now a thing of the past, so much so that the player from Minsk seems to have worked to change the game in 2023. “I realized that the only person who could get me out of trouble was not a psychologist, but me,” she confessed on the sidelines of this lift.

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