Guest of the exhibition staged in Saudi Arabia, Mats Wilander said that Novak Djokovic will be the big favorite at the upcoming Australian Open, which will start on January 16, 2023. Wilander said: “I see Novak Djokovic as the big favorite to win the 2023 Australian Open.
Behind him we find Daniil Medvedev, who plays his best tennis on hard courts, and defending champion Rafael Nadal. The only thing that could betray Djokovic it’s his desire to overdo it, to rock the world and to prove something after what he suffered at the beginning of this year.
Otherwise, there’s no need to remember that this tournament is his home.” In a recent interview, Nikolay Davydenko analyzed Djokovic’s season in detail: “Novak Djokovic’s season was affected by his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
He had to give up the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as having missed all the American Masters 1000. The best Djokovic was not seen at Roland Garros, while the player we all know is back at Wimbledon. The seventh title in London gave him confidence and in the second part of the season he was unstoppable.
There are no more adjectives to describe his greatness. If he had also played in Melbourne and New York, it is likely that he would have finished 2022 at the top of the ATP rankings”.
Djokovic stars at the Australian Open 2022
A few weeks ago, Novak Djokovic received clearance to travel to Australia next month.
The local government has in fact lifted the three-year ban that weighed on the head of the Serbian, the protagonist of a bad soap opera earlier this year. The 35-year-old from Belgrade had in fact been expelled from the country due to his vaccination status and had not been able to participate in the Australian Open.
For the same reason, the former world number 1 had also had to give up the US Open and all the American Masters 1000. However, 2022 was satisfactory for him thanks to the triumphs at Wimbledon and the ATP Finals in Turin, without forgetting the victory at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
Despite a season heavily conditioned by his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, Nole managed to close the year in the Top 5 and reiterated that he is still the man to beat. The 21-time Grand Slam champion will start his 2023 by competing in the ATP 250 in Adelaide, and then go hunting for his tenth seal in Melbourne Park.