Australia Open Tennis Novak Djokovic To Face Stefanos Tsitsipas In Final
Novak Djokovic surges into a 10th Australian Open final to close in on a record-equaling 22nd grand slam crown, with only Greece's Stefanos tsitSipas now standing in his way. The Serbian fourth seed overcame an early wobble to romp past unseeded American tommy Paul 7-5, 6-1 and 6-2 on rod laver arena and into a 33rd grand slam title match. Another title on Sunday will move him alongside Rafael Nadal with 22 slam wins and see the 35-year-old return to world number one for the first time since last June. Djokovic is now 11-nil for the season and into a 33rd grand slam final. The win extended his unbeaten streak at the Australian open to 27 matches to claim sole ownership of the open-era record at Melbourne park ahead of Andre Agassi. Greek third seed Stefanos tsItsipas outplayed 18th seed Russian Karen Khachanov by 7-6, 6-4, 6-7 and 6-3 in the other semi-final Tsitsipas battled into his first Australian final and only second at a grand slam. In the previous one, at Roland Garros in 2021, he fell to Djokovic in five sets after holding a 2-0 lead. At 24, Tsitsipas is the youngest man to reach the Melbourne final since a 23-year-old Djokovic in 2011.