“I feel blessed to be able to play tennis at this level. For many years, we have wanted to put Greek tennis on the map, and Maria Sakari and I have been doing just that.”
“I am so grateful to have this kind of support because I come from a small country like Greece. I am very happy to make it to the finals. Let’s see what happens.”
‘Hope of Greece’ Stephanos Tsitsipas (24) advanced to the 2023 Australian Open (AO) men’s singles final. On the 27th, he, ranked 4th in the world, defeated Karen Khachanov (26, Russia), who ranked 20th, 3-1 (7-6<7-2>, 6-4, 6-7<6-8>, 6-3). After the defeat, he expressed his strong desire to win at a press conference. 안전놀이터
Chichi Pas left just one win to win his first Grand Slam men’s singles title, showing off more explosive serves and strokes in this tournament. He raised expectations by winning by exploding as many as 66 Winners as well as 18 serve aces that day. The serve reached the maximum speed of 207 km per hour.
However, his opponent in the final was Novak Djokovic (36, Serbia), the “Australian Open man”. There are too many mountains to stand on. In the meantime, they are absolutely inferior in their opponents with 2 wins and 10 losses.
In addition, Djokovic has not lost a single Australian Open since losing to Jung Hyun in the round of 16 in 2018, and is recording 27 consecutive wins until this quarter-final. It is impregnable in itself.
He is on the verge of winning his 10th Australian Open men’s singles championship in his personal career, and if he achieves that, he will be shoulder to shoulder with Rafael Nadal (37, Spain)’s record for most Grand Slam men’s singles wins (22 times).
World No. 5 Djokovic once again showed off his invincibility by defeating 35th place Tommy Paul (25, USA) 3-0 (7-5, 6-1, 6-2) in 2 hours and 20 minutes in the semifinals. Djokovic has been embroiled in controversy due to an overexaggerated left hamstring injury and pro-Russian behavior of his father Srdan, but he is winning with a ‘steel mentality’.
Chichipas reached the Australian Open men’s singles final for the first time in his life. The best result is advancing to the semifinals three times in 2019, 2021 and 2022. He reached the men’s singles final of the French Open (Roland Garros) in 2021, but after a bloody battle with Djokovic for 4 hours and 11 minutes, he lost with a set score of 2-3, and there is a frustrating pain on the threshold of his first Grand Slam win in his life.
Attention is focusing on whether he will be able to build a monumental monument in the history of Greek tennis while taking revenge on Djokovic this time. Along with whether Djokovic achieves his 10th consecutive victory, it is the main point to watch in the men’s singles final of this tournament.