Exiled ‘King of Melbourne’ Djokovic returns with 10th win

After confirming the championship, Novak Djokovic (36, Serbia) climbed into the player box and waved his right arm in cheers. After a while, he hugged his mother and his coach and burst into tears. Even for him, who has won the top 22 times in major tournaments, winning this tournament was extraordinary. Djokovic was thrilled that it was “the best win of my life”. 

Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th place, Greece) in 2 hours and 56 minutes in 2 hours and 56 minutes in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament (total prize money 76.5 million Australian dollars, 67.2 billion won) held in Melbourne, Australia on the 29th. 3, 7-6 <7-4>, 7-6 <7-5>). He won the prize money of 2.975 million Australian dollars (2.6 billion won).토토사이트

With this victory, Djokovic moved up to the top (22 times) with Nadal for the most wins in men’s singles at major tournaments. Also, in the world ranking announced on the 30th, it took 7 months to regain the first place. 

Djokovic is known as the ‘Man of the Australian Open’. This is because he won a whopping 9 championships in this event alone by 2021. 

However, last year he was unable to compete in the Australian Open. This is because he was denied entry for not vaccinated against Corona 19. Even after arriving in Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the competition, he was moved to a quarantine facility. Djokovic filed two lawsuits and fought a court battle with the Australian government, but was eventually deported. He returned to his native Serbia without ever setting foot in Melbourne, the ‘promised land’. 

Under current Australian law, those who are deported due to visa cancellation are, in principle, barred from entering the country for three years. As a result, it was unclear whether he would participate in this tournament, but Djokovic received an authoritative interpretation at the end of last year and participated in the Australian Open after hard work. 

When he won his 10th career title in this tournament after two years, the Australian Open Tennis Tournament Organizing Committee introduced that “The King of Melbourne has returned.” Djokovic said, “(Due to the vaccine controversy last year), this competition was the most difficult competition in my career. Thank you for welcoming me back after two years.”

The difficult journey to victory continued. I injured my left hamstring at the previous event in Adelaide, and came out wearing a bandage this time around. Even so, as he continued to win, the controversy over ‘fake injury’ was raised. In addition, it was known that his father, Srdan Djokovic, took pictures with people who supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and even pro-Russian controversy arose. 

Having fought a tough fight internally and externally, he showed off his perfect majesty by conceding only one set in seven games in this tournament. Djokovic’s most recent defeat in the tournament came in the round of 16 in 2018, when he lost 0-3 (6-7<4-7>, 5-7, 6-7<3-7>) to Chung Hyeon of South Korea. Since then, he has won 28 consecutive wins at the Australian Open.

Djokovic said, “This win is the biggest win of my life. Only our team staff and family know the long journey we’ve been through in the last 4-5 weeks.” 

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