A year after his expulsion from Australia, Djokovic is back for a Grand Slam final as a favorite, where he won the tournament 9 times.
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas wants to win his first major trophy and become number one.
The poster promises to be beautiful on the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday morning.
Twelve months after the Melbourne imbroglio, Novak Djokovic was in the spotlight when he arrived at the Australian Open.
And he will be again on Sunday morning for the tournament final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
And for good reason, the winner will become number 1 in the ATP rankings.
The Serb is 3rd and the Greek at the moment.
Carlos Alcaraz is absent and the other outsiders have been taken out prematurely.
At what time and on which channel to see the final of the Australian Open Djokovic - Tsitsipas?
The meeting between the Serb and the Greek will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1, this Sunday January 29 at 9:30 am.
You can also follow the Australian Open final live on "20 Minutes" via our live commentary.
Tsitsipas as an outsider
Three times semi-finalist in Melbourne in the past (2019, 2021 and 2022), the Greek has experience of major events and the Australian atmosphere.
Eliminated in the 1st round of the US Open and in the 3rd of Wimbledon, Tsitsipas has a good card to play in the tournament that suits him best.
To do this, he will have to ignore his Roland Garros 2021 final lost to Novak Djokovic, after leading 2 sets to 0. But with his mental strength regained, as in his solid round of 16 against Sinner, Tsitsipas can go at the end of this tournament.
The Greek has beaten Quentin Halys, Rinky Hijikata, Tallon Griekspoor, Jannik Sinner, Jiri Lehecka and Karen Khachanov in previous rounds.
Novak Djokovic wants to show his best face
He is one of the legends of his sport, and you only have to see him play to understand why.
Absent from last year because he did not want to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the Serb returned to make everyone agree: The best is him.
In Melbourne, as we know, Nole does not lose when he reaches the quarter-finals.
This is to say the mission that awaits Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Especially since the winner of the last Masters would join Rafael Nadal and his 22 Grand Slam titles in the event of victory.
Hit in the left thigh at the start of the week, he still showed an impressive level of play against Alex de Minaur, Andrey Rublev and Tommy Paul.
Arrived at maturity, Tsitsipas is however a level above the last cities.
IF we look at the face-to-face more closely.
During the last Masters, the Serb had won 6-4, 7-6, thus inflicting a 9th defeat in a row to the Greek.
Novak Djokovic overcame Roberto Carballes Baena, Enzo Couacaud, Grigor Dimitrov, Alex de Minaur, Andrey Rublev and Tommy Paul in previous rounds.
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