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All eyes on Djokovic on Australian Open return

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CHENNAI: Trying again on the build-up to the 2022 Australian Open, the tennis world witnessed the then defending champion, Novak Djokovic, being deported from the nation over vaccination points. Rafael Nadal went on to win his twenty first Grand Slam, surpassing Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Come Monday, the world will see the return of the Serbian to his favorite Grand Slam, particularly after a forgettable exit final 12 months. With the possibility to equal the tally with Nadal, all eyes shall be on the 35-year-old. Former India tennis star Somdev Devvarman feels in order nicely.

“With out Carlos Alcaraz, two favourites could be Novak and Rafa,” mentioned Devvarman in a latest media interplay facilitated by Sony Sports activities Community. “Taylor Fritz loves enjoying on fast exhausting courts. He’s nice there (Australia) and has bought a giant serve. Daniil Medvedev has made finals two years in a row. Stefanos Tsitsipas as nicely — he has not made a run in Aussie as he’d have preferred. However he has the power, no questions. How are you going to rely out Kyrgios after he has made the finals at Wimbledon.”

Todd Woodbridge, the Former Australian World No.1 in doubles, additionally burdened the importance of Djokovic’s presence this season. “We wish the perfect gamers to beat it. And if you do not have the perfect gamers, there’s at all times a query mark over the occasion. It is also actually vital for Australia to have him right here. As a result of it signifies that the nation is open, it means the journey is again. Tennis is a crucial a part of showcasing our nation to the world. With Novak with the ability to be again, it means Australia is again,” mentioned Woodbridge

He added that the 21-Grand Slam title holder might need to face the warmth from their media, however that is a hurdle he’s skilled sufficient to deal with. “There shall be pressure, there isn’t a doubt about that from the Australian Media, however he’s very worldly. He (Djokovic) has handled the press and the media and has years of expertise. He loves the floor, he loves the surroundings, and naturally, he has 9 AO titles. I believe he’s very motivated and really pushed to win once more right here. Due to the actual fact he wasn’t allowed to play. I am positive that motivates him, actually.”

Whereas Nadal is the top-seeded participant, he has misplaced two matches within the United Cup currently. When requested if his kind may very well be a priority, Devvarman mentioned that the Spaniard is just going to get higher with each match. “He has not simply discovered his kind. Rafa is the last word warrior. He goes on the market each single time whatever the scenario, making life extremely tough for the opponent.”

So far as the ladies’s singles is anxious, Iga Swiatek is the one Devvarman has his eyes on. “For my part, the favorite of the match is Iga Swiatek. She received two Grand Slams final 12 months. If she’s enjoying nicely, it is virtually inconceivable to beat her. Aryna Sabalenka received a title final week (Adelaide Worldwide 1). There are lots of gamers able to knocking on the doorways. (Barbora) Krejcikova can actually do some harm. (Elena) Rybakina – we noticed her win Wimbledon. Ons Jabeur has been proper round all time, however far and forward favorite is Iga Swiatek.”

Watch the LIVE protection of Australian Open 2023 on Sony Sports activities Ten 2 and Sony Sports activities Ten 5 channels ranging from the sixteenth of January 2023 at 5:30am IST.

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