The Australian Open in 2023 is still clearly favored to be won by Novak Djokovic. After being kicked out of the country due to a poor soap serial last year, the former world number one is back in Melbourne. On Tuesday at the Rod Laver Arena, the Serbian prodigy made his debut, easily defeating the Spanish Roberto Carballes Baena.
The latter only succeeded in challenging Nole in the first two sets, and he managed just four points total in the third. Recall that the 35-year-old from Belgrade is attempting to tie Rafael Nadal‘s record of 22 Grand Slam victories by winning his eleventh “Down Under” tournament.
Due to his lack of immunizations, the “Djoker” fell two lengths behind in 2022; nonetheless, his sixth Wimbledon victory helped to reduce the damage. Given the dramatic forfeit of the host Nick Kyrgios, Novak’s draw doesn’t pose any insurmountable challenges.
The Australian will need surgery in the coming days since the knee injury has not healed. Vasek Pospisil acknowledged in an interview with “Stadium Astro” that he will be rooting for Novak Djokovic in the AO.
In admiration of Djokovic, Pospisil
Pospisil told Stadium Astro, “I hope Novak Djokovic wins it.”
“Without a doubt, I would say that he is the favorite. It’s challenging to choose someone else if you have to choose a favorite. Having said that, it is apparent that so many outstanding players and extraordinary skills have been together for a single week. Just by virtue of him being Rafa, it goes without saying that he has a strong chance of winning as well.
I’d say that after Novak as the favorite, “said the Canadian. Prior to the 2023 Australian Open, tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou thinks Novak Djokovic is far from performing at his peak. “Quickly, Novak has won another competition.
It seems even more incredible when you know that, since 2018, he has won in Australia 34 times in a row. But he is still much below his peak performance. Despite the overwhelming love of the audience, his level of play is associated with the fact that he is returning to Australia after what happened last year, which is a very emotional circumstance.
We’ll wait and see how he feels when he gets to Melbourne.” Djokovic acknowledged that he wouldn’t have traveled back to Australia if he had unforgiven grievances. “In a sense, I wouldn’t be here if I did harbor resentments and was unable to let go.
I must add that my great experiences in Australia much outweighed any negative ones I may have had the previous year “says he.