After defeating American Sebastian Korda in a thrilling match to win the Adelaide International title, Novak Djokovic is now getting closer to breaking one of the tennis records.
The Serbian appeared to be headed for an unexpected loss before his victory run in Australia now stands at 34 games after defeating 6-7 (8) 7-6 (3) 6-4 in a grueling three hours and nine minutes.
Before the 2022 Australian Open, Djokovic was expelled from the nation for threatening the public’s health by refusing to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.
The 35-year-old, who received treatment for his left leg during Saturday’s semi-final victory over Daniil Medvedev, will return to Melbourne this month to win a 10th championship.
After winning the 92nd tour-level trophy of his distinguished career after an exciting match, he will be confident when he arrives there.
Djokovic fought back to keep himself in the match at 5-6 in the second set, saving a match point. He then dominated the tie-break to force a decider.
The victory was assured when 22-year-old Korda sent a final forehand long, and the 21-time grand slam champion nodded to his resilience by tapping his right index finger to his head.
Djokovic said, “It’s been a fantastic week, and you guys made it even more special.
Indeed, a gift for me to be standing here. I sacrificed everything today and throughout the entire week to win the trophy.
“I’d like to thank my team for putting up with me through good and bad times. They probably didn’t have as much fun with me going back and forth today, but I still appreciate them, and my brother is also present and in good health. I adore you.
“Thank you so much to everyone for attending every game over the past ten days; the support has been something I don’t think I’ve had too many opportunities to do in my life. “.
With the words, “Amazing tournament, amazing effort today,” Djokovic also paid tribute to his rival Korda. You were probably closer to winning today than I was.
“It was decided in one or two shots, one or two points. Even though you’re having bad luck, you have a bright future ahead of you. Keep playing; you’re a fantastic player. Excellent work. “
Since Djokovic had been deported a year earlier due to his Covid vaccination status, it was obvious that the support of the Australian crowd meant a lot to him.
Despite this, it is evident that Djokovic is in good shape going into the Australian Open as he looks to make tennis history by breaking a legendary record.
Only Jimmy Connors (109), Roger Federer (103), and Ivan Lendl (94) have won more men’s singles matches in the Open Era than Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Before being forced to retire last year due to a knee issue, Federer was trying to catch Connors’ long-standing record. Now, Djokovic will be aiming to surpass the mark of 109 titles in the coming years.