Novak Djokovic’s name is once again in the record books.
On Sunday, Djokovic came away with a straight set victory over Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas — 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 — to claim the Australian Open championship. It marks the 22nd Grand Slam title for the Serbian star, tying a record held by Spain’s Rafael Nadal.
It was Djokovic’s 93rd ATP singles title, and record 10th Australian Open championship.
KING OF MELBOURNE 👑 @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/myM619PTVN
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2023
After the match, Djokovic jumped into the coach’s box and was overcome with emotion. He fell to the ground in tears while celebrating with his team, after climbing back to the top following a difficult 2022.
In 2022, Djokovic was unable to compete in the Australian Open and was deported from the country due to his vaccination status.
Djokovic later received no points after winning at Wimbledon, because the tournament decided not to reward points since Russian and Belarusian players were banned from competing after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Now, Djokovic is back and as good as ever, claiming the first Grand Slam title of the year and returning to his deserved No. 1 ranking.