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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 23:22 IST

'That was my moment': Stefanos Tsitsipas opens up on heartbreaking loss to Novak Djokovic at AO 2023

Ahead of the Australian Open 2024, Stefanos Tsitsipas opens up on his cracking encounter against Novak Djokovic at Australian Open 2023.

Prateek Arya
Tsitsipas vs Djokovic
Tsitsipas vs Djokovic | Image:AP
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World No. 6, Stefanos Tsitsipas, recently discussed his 2023 Australian Open final loss to Novak Djokovic. Djokovic defeated Tsitsipas to win the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup for the tenth time. He got off to a fast start against Tsitsipas, winning the first set comfortably by a score of 6-3.

3 things you need to know

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas discusses the epic encounter against Novak Djokovic at Australian Open final in 2023
  • Novak Djokovic has 24 Grand Slam titles to his name
  • Tsitsipas faced Djokovic at the Australian Open 2023 final

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Stefanos Tsitsipas opens up on Australian Open final loss to Novak Djokovic

The Greek proved to be a difficult nut for his opponent to crack, as the next two sets were settled in tiebreaks. The Serb, on the other hand, won the second and third sets 7-6(4), 7-6(5), courtesy of a strong first-serve performance.

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Tsitsipas, who is now in Perth, Australia, for Greece's United Cup campaign, has had a successful career during the Happy Slam. He had three semifinal appearances in Down Under from 2019, 2021, and 2022.

Speaking to the United Cup recently, the World No. 6 opened up about the aforementioned summit clash. He said:

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"This year’s final was close. I was there, playing a final at the Aussie Open and it felt like that was my moment, big things were coming. I wasn’t able to close through, but I really need to keep on pushing."

Tsitsipas is spirited about what may come.

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"Novak has a lot of finals under his belt and I feel like with the right consistency, with the right attitude, moments like this would occur again. There’s a lot of effort behind that and I’m willing to keep up with all the intensity that is required in order to get there," the Greek said.

Tsitsipas and Djokovic have squared off on the court 13 times and their clash at the AO 2023 was the last time they came face to face.

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Published December 29th, 2023 at 23:22 IST

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