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‘Novak Djokovic’s so focused on everything he does’, says TD

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Novak Djokovic won his 22nd career Grand Slam – his 10th at the Australian Open – by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets in Melbourne. His success at the Rod Laver Arena against the Greek allowed the Serbian to once again reach first place in the world rankings above Carlos Alcaraz, who missed the first Slam of 2023 due to an injury to the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg. The Belgrade native let out a liberating cry after embracing his mother and his brother in his box. It’s hard to even imagine the pressure Djokovic felt throughout the tournament, especially considering last season, when he was forced to leave Melbourne due to a visa revocation decided directly by the now-former Australian Immigration Minister. Jimmy Connors, who has never hidden his personality on court, spoke about the victory and the Serb’s rematch on the Advantage Connors podcast. “The guy stood up for his beliefs, right or wrong. He stood up for his ideas and was willing to stand his ground to the point of being ostracized from some tournaments. This is brutal. I identify with him, the same thing happened to me at Roland Garros and in other events. So getting on the court and doing your job is the only way to get even. I think of everyone who made fun of him last year and now they kiss his c***. All of them.” Connors’ son Brett added: “They called him names, said all sorts of things about him. They treated him like a jester, but he was always courteous and explained: ‘I am an athlete and I make a living with my body.’” Djokovic will not be able to play the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000, but he appears registered in the ATP 500 from Dubai, where he will be the great favorite along with Rafael Nadal, who appears as another of the figures on the initial list. The Serbian will be able to enter the United States to play the US Open.

Nole extended his dominance in Melbourne

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has showered praise on Novak Djokovic after his triumph at the recently-concluded 2023 Australian Open. “He’s so focused on everything he does, with every single minute of the day. That’s what he eats, what he drinks, when he does it, how he does it. There’s no breakdown or mental breakdown in anything that he does,” Tiley said. “He’s been through a lot and to win 10 Australian Opens, I don’t think that’s ever going to be repeated. Over the last 15 years, he tells me it’s 14 years because he missed last year, it’s such a remarkable achievement. He’ll hold a significant place in the history of the Australian Open,” Tiley opined.

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