Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic, come back and win

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Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic, come back and win

Novak Djokovic came back to the Rod Laver Arena after a year's absence and chases away the physical problems with a strong victory. He doesn't always shine and doesn't always resort to overtime, but against an opponent like Roberto Carballes Baena, he plays the match he has to play but above all the one he wants to play.

To find concreteness and above all continuity. Needless to say, he exchanges a lot, he often projects himself near the net and tries to vary as much as possible in prolonged exchanges to wear the Spaniard down. The Serbian champion, chasing his tenth success in the Australian Slam, spreads completely in the third set and above all reads the Spaniard's first serve and the variations from the baseline in a simpler way.

The 6-3 6-4 6-0 that matures after just over two hours of play is substantially a logical consequence for the nine-time champion of the tournament, who brings his streak of consecutive victories in Australia to thirty-five since the defeat at the Australian Open in 2018.

Between one rain interruption and another, on a day conditioned among other things by the heat that complicates the already turbulent program of the second day, Fabio Fognini's stay is extended longer than expected. Against Thanasi Kokkinakis, the blue tennis player does what he can.

Not much, in the vast majority of cases. Evidently also conditioned by a physical problem, the Ligurian drags himself from one side to the other from the field without giving too many jolts. The match was definitively suspended on 6-1 6-2 4-2 40-15 in favor of the Australian tennis player, essentially one step away from victory.

Alexander Zverev also returns to victory in a Grand Slam tournament after the catastrophic accident at the Roland Garros, who however needs overtime against the Peruvian Varillas. Needless to say with his back practically to the wall in the fourth set, down 1-2, he gets out of the problems in the jeudecif and above all he catches the success with a 6-4 in the fifth after more than three hours and a half of play.

Also noteworthy during the day was Jasmine Paolini's misstep, who legitimately collects very little in the first set and little in the second in the semi-derby with Ludmilla Samsonova. The final 6-2 6-4 is emblematic.