"Novak Djokovic will be even hungrier than usual"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 344
In an interview with Tennis Channel, Prakash Amritraj analyzed Novak Djokovic's chances at the Australian Open. Prakash told: "The 2023 Australian Open promises to offer emotions and twists. We will be able to evaluate the form of Carlos Alcaraz, who won his first Grand Slam in 2022 becoming the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis.
I think that Nick Kyrgios also has a good chance of doing well, it would be great if he could shine in front of his crowd.At the same time, there is no doubt that the most anticipated man is Novak Djokovic. The Serbian won nine times in Melbourne and he's super motivated to get into double figures, especially after what happened earlier this year.
Those feelings are still inside him and he definitely felt them when he set foot back in Australia. He'll be even hungrier than usual." Also keep an eye on the defending champion Rafael Nadal and the finalist of the last edition Daniil Medvedev, back from a rather disappointing season.
Djokovic was unable to play in Melbourne earlier this year due to his vaccination status, which spawned a bad soap opera that ended in his expulsion from the country. For the same reason, the former world number 1 also had to give up the US Open and all the American Masters 1000.
Nole's season looked set to fail, but the Serbian managed to bounce back in the summer by winning his seventh Wimbledon title. In addition to having equaled his idol Pete Sampras with seven triumphs at Church Road, the 35-year-old from Belgrade has moved just one length clear of Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam rankings.
Nole embellished his year by also winning the ATP Finals in Turin, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the ATP 500 in Astana and the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv. Goran Ivanisevic's pupil will start his 2023 by playing the ATP in Adelaide, and then go hunting for his tenth seal in Melbourne Park.