After the disappointment of a defeat in the final of the Paris Masters, Novak Djokovic will be determined to bounce back as he prepares for the 2023 Australian Open.
The loss in the French capital in November might prove to be a timely reminder to Djokovic that he will have to be at the top of his game if he is to add to his impressive Grand Slam tally next year.
Added Motivation For Melbourne
A player who has proven time and time again that he can respond to disappointment, Djokovic will undoubtedly be challenging for major titles next year. The Serbian star, who is 6/4 in the online betting to win the Australian Open next year, had to settle for a runner-up place at the Paris Masters after playing some great tennis throughout the week. On the back of his efforts in France, many sports bet tips will once again have Djokovic as the man to beat for many of the Grand Slam events in 2023. Even at the age of 35, the former world number one is still one of the biggest draws at major events with his explosive game. Undoubtedly the final defeat in Paris will have hurt Djokovic, but once again he will learn from the experience to his benefit going forward.
With nine Australian Open titles already to his name, there is no surprise to see Djokovic as the early favourite going into the first major of 2023. The 21-time Grand Slam winner has seemingly put his past injury concerns behind him and will be expected to compete at the business end of the major event in Victoria once again. Of course, there will be other serious contenders heading to Australia looking to make a statement in the early stages of the new season.
Medvedev And Nadal Pose Threats
Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal will be eyeing big seasons in 2023 and both players have the quality on the hard courts to win at the Australian Open. Nadal is the reigning Australian Open champion heading into the tournament, while Medvedev was the unfortunate player the Spaniard beat in the final this year.
The talented Medvedev has endured his fair share of heartbreak after losing in back-to-back Australia Open finals, with the 2021 US Open title still his only Grand Slam success to date. However, the Russian has been showing signs of real promise in recent years and is likely to be competing with Djokovic for major honours in 2023. Meanwhile, Nadal enjoyed a strong 2022 with wins at the Australian Open and French Open seeing him move ahead of Djokovic in the Grand Slam standings with a remarkable 22 titles.
Medvedev and Nadal will have their own ambitions for the coming season but the pair will know they will have to get past a motivated Djokovic if they are to secure Grand Slam glory in 2023.