Australian Open: Tennis’s ‘Big 4’ alive and kicking

January 26 23:00 2019

Success would break his tie with Roger Federer and Queenslander Roy Emerson (who, incidentally, is tipping Nadal, but more out of hope, because he quite likes sharing the record with two contemporary greats). It’s been a while since the world has seen Djokovic at his best after a series of right arm problems interrupted a career that hit its zenith at the 2016 French Open.

Djokovic is aiming to become the first man to win a seventh Australian Open.

The 2012 final at Melbourne Park will never be forgotten after Djokovic secured the third of his six Australian Open titles following an enthralling battle lasting nearly six hours.

The Australian Open finals have been set after Novak Djokovic powered through the second of the men’s semi-finals on Friday in Melbourne. Indeed, such is the stoicism and rigour of these men that you are more likely to notice the change in your own body than in theirs watching this final – the creak of lateral movement reaching for the beer, the pain in the shoulder adjusting the fan. “This is where you want to be”. The only time they have played each other here, the unforgettable 2012 final, which lasted five hours and 53 minutes, Djokovic won, utterly spent – and it was all the more fantastic, given he had to go four hours and 40 minutes against Murray in their semi-final 48 hours earlier.

Seven of those matches have been finals, with Nadal leading that battle 4-3. In 14 encounters in slams, he leads 9-5.

Nadal and Djokovic have played each other more times than any two men in the Open era, with Sunday their 53rd tour-level meeting.

The lefthander retired hurt in the quarter-finals at last year’s tournament and again at the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

The stage has been set for the Australian Open final on Sunday.

Game Insight Group (GIG), a tennis research firm in Australia, ranked Djokovic as the number one returner in the whole of the ATP when assessing his player “DNA” before the tournament. I lost some tough matches.

‘I believe if some of those points come on our side he will have a chance to win’. “I don’t really know what to say”.

There were also the elbow problems that sidelined him for many months and necessitated surgery after his fourth round loss to Hyeon Chung at Melbourne Park a year ago. France’s Lucas Pouille reacts after losing his match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic smiled ruefully after wasting a set point with an ambitious drop shot from the baseline.

“I think my one-two punches have worked pretty well throughout this tournament”, a serene Djokovic told reporters.

January sees the tennis season blaze into life on the scorching hard courts of Melbourne Park.

In short, these few ticks aren’t almost enough to warrant actionable value – I’d want in the region of [1.90] to consider the world number one decent recommendation value for this – so unfortunately, at least from a pre-match point of view, this match looks worth leaving alone. It was his first semi-final, and the occasion is different, there’s more weight in the match. “Nadal is across the net”.

“If you don’t get motivated by all these things, then something is wrong”.

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Australian Open: Tennis’s ‘Big 4’ alive and kicking
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