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Djokovic Defeats Tsitsipas, Triumphs At Melbourne Final

Novak Djokovic Australian Open champion
Djokovic Defeats Tsitsipas, Triumphs At Melbourne Final. credit: Novak Djokovic / Instagram

Greek tennis champion Stefanos Tsitsipas lost the Australian Gran Slam to Serbian tennis icon Novak Djokovic 3-0 sets at the Australian Open men’s singles final on Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.

The winner of the Men’s Singles final claimed both the trophy and the top spot in the world ranking.

Djokovic, 35, made tennis history as he scored his record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title, which is also his 10th at the Australian Open tournament.

24-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas was hoping for his breakthrough major, had he won the final.

45,832 fans were at the Australian Open for the twilight session; a final Sunday attendance record, smashing the previous final Sunday record of 31,020 fans (in 2020), the tournament said on its official Twitter account.

Hard-fought game for Tsitsipas vs. Djokovic

Djokovic won the first set 6-3, dropping only five points on his serve. He also took the second set with 7-6, same score as the third and final set.

This was the second major final for Tsitsipas, and the 33rd for tennis legend Djokovic, who has not lost in Melbourne since 2018. 

The only other Grand Slam final that Tsitsipas had played so far was the 2021 French Open – which he had also lost to Djokovic.

The Australian Open is a special place for the Greek champion, since he made his junior Grand Slam debut there in 2015. Since then, he has gotten to the semifinals of the Australian Open three times.

“I knew that’s a very long journey to get there. I did finish as a junior number one. Now I want to do it in the senior side,” Tsitsipas told reporters earlier this week.

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