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Australian Open - Day 14 preview: Djokovic set for record-extending victory

This year's men's singles competition at the Australian Open has not disappointed and on Sunday it concludes with a fitting finale as nine-time champion Novak Djokovic takes on a hungry Stefanos Tsitsipas in search of his maiden Grand Slam title.

Djokovic is 1/5 to claim a record 10th title in Melbourne, while Tsitsipas can be backed at 19/5 to pull off a shock win at the Rod Laver Arena.

WhatStefanos Tsitsipas v Novak Djokovic
WhereMelbourne Park, Melbourne
When19:30, Sunday 29th January 2023
How to watchNine Network
OddsStefanos Tsitsipas 19/5, Novak Djokovic 1/5

Djokovic quashes injury concerns

Last year was, at times, a tough one for Djokovic and it began with him being unable to play in the 2021 edition of the Australian Open, which eventually went the way of Rafael Nadal.

But when it was confirmed this year that Djokovic would be returning to Melbourne, one got the sense he would turn up with a point to prove.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion was seeded fourth in the draw and started strongly with a straight-set win over Roberto Carballes Baena in his opener, but his left leg had been heavily strapped during practice and there were serious concerns about the Serbian's fitness and ongoing hamstring injury.

In subsequent rounds he required medical timeouts and it remained to be seen if Djokovic would be able to keep going.

But like the champion he is, the 35-year-old persisted and went on to swat aside Alex De Minaur and Andrey Rublev both in straight sets to reach the semi-finals.

Another 3-0 victory followed against Tommy Paul and it is fair to say Djokovic looks back to his sharpest and, on the courts of Melbourne, that could spell bad news for Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas excels in 'home Slam'

While Djokovic has hardly put a foot wrong down under, Tsitsipas also has a lot to be proud of.

Earlier in the tournament, the Greek spoke of Melbourne feeling like home with its similar climate to his native Athens and its large Greek population and it is a Grand Slam in which he has regularly performed.

He has now reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open four times in the last five seasons and was looking pretty handy in the build-up to the event, performing well for Greece in the first ever edition of the United Cup.

Tsitsipas himself has dropped sets in only two matches in Melbourne - against Jannik Sinner in the fourth round and Karen Khachanov in the semi-finals - and will be hoping to make the most of having the home crowd behind him

He has won the first set in all of his matches at this year's Australian Open and that could be key to settling the nerves against Djokovic, who is significantly ahead of Tsitsipas when it comes to Grand Slam experience.

Tsitsipas can be backed at 2/1 First Set Winner and is 1/2 to Win a Set at any point in the final.

Head-to-head favours Djokovic

Not only does Djokovic know what it takes to win these kinds of matches - he is targeting a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title - but he also appears to know what it takes to overpower Tsitsipas.

The Serbian leads the head-to-head between the players 10-2 with seven of his triumphs over the Greek coming on the hard courts.

Three of his last four wins over Tsitsipas have been in straight sets and a 3-0 win for Djokovic is priced at 11/8.

That said, in the only previous meeting between the players in a Grand Slam final at the French Open in 2021, Tsitsipas lost but took the match to five sets.

A Djokoivc win in five sets is available at 9/2, while Tsitsipas to win 3-2 is 17/2.

It is, however, hard to see this match going the distance given Djokovic has not dropped a set since his second-round encounter with unseeded Frenchman Enzo Couacaud.

The way Djokovic crushed De Minaur, Rublev and Paul was ominous and nobody has beaten him at the Australian Open since back in 2018.

It is ultimately hard to look beyond another final triumph for the Serbian but Tsitsipas, who is longing for that maiden Grand Slam title and should have decent support behind him at the Rod Laver Arena, will not go down without a fight.

That suggests a 3-1 win in Set Betting for Djokovic at 9/4 could instead be the value approach.

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