Twelve months after he was deported from the nation, Novak Djokovic is again in Australia, successful titles and making ready for the Australian Open.
Djokovic received his first title in Australia since final 12 months’s deportation, defeating American Sebastian Korda in an epic three-setter last 6-7(8) 7-6(3) 6-4 on the Adelaide International on Sunday.
Facing a championship level at 5-6 within the second set, it appeared that the Serb would succumb to a shock defeat to the world No. 33.
He had appeared visibly pissed off after Korda had received the primary set, shouting and gesturing at his gamers’ field.
“I’d like to thank my team for handling me, tolerating me in the good and bad times today,” Djokovic mentioned afterwards, in response to Sky Sports. “I’m sure they didn’t have such a blast with me going back and forth with them, but I appreciate them being here.”
But the expertise of the 21-time grand slam winner confirmed, and he fought again from championship level to take the second set in a tiebreak and wrap up the title within the third.
The victory was Djokovic’s 92nd tour-level trophy, equaling Rafael Nadal’s haul for the fourth-most singles titles within the Open Era, behind solely Jimmy Connors (109), Roger Federer (103) and Ivan Lendl (94)
“It’s been an amazing week and you guys made it even more special. For me to be standing here is a gift, definitely,” Djokovic instructed the group afterwards, in response to the ATP web site. “I gave all of it at the moment and all through the week so as to have the ability to get my palms on the trophy.
“The support that I’ve been getting in the past 10 days is something that I don’t think I’ve experienced too many times in my life, so thank you so much [to] everyone for coming out every single match.”
It supplies Djokovic with the right platform to launch his Australian Open marketing campaign, the place he’s searching for to win his tenth title in addition to equal the boys’s report of grand slam titles, presently set by Nadal at 22.
The Australian Open begins on January 16 in Melbourne.