January 21, 2023
Novak Djokovic keeps having medical time-outs – but he carries on winning anyway.
He defeated Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, 6-4 to set up a fourth-round clash with local hero Alex de Minaur on Monday.
Only stiff first-set resistance and his own hamstring worries really threatened to derail Djokovic against the Bulgarian. Neither proved a major problem in the end.
And the prolific Serb must remain favourite to take the Australian Open title yet again.
If he does, he will draw level with Rafael Nadal on 22 Grand Slams apiece.
Novak Djokovic could well go into Wimbledon 2023 needing to defend his crown to become the undisputed greatest male player of all time.
If he were to win the French Open after a successful Australian campaign, he would equal the legendary Serena Williams on 23 Grand Slams.
To win Wimbledon 2023 in that scenario would make Novak the greatest player in the open era, male or female.
Whatever happens earlier in the year, Wimbledon 2023 promises to have extra historical significance this year.
Just imagine it! Picture yourself on Centre Court, enjoying some of the best seats in the house as momentous events unfold before you on the famous, manicured grass.
And you’re witnessing tennis history in the making – sporting achievements that may never be matched or surpassed.
Andy Murray will be there too. The week he has given us all at this Australian Open has been nothing short of extraordinary.
He finally ran out of steam against Roberto Bautistsa Agut, as the likeable Spaniard won a thriller 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-4.
But as British legend Tim Henman said of Sir Andy: ‘He’ll be very proud of his performance. It gives him a lot to build on for the rest of the season.’
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will set Wimbledon 2023 alight!
We can’t wait to be there to watch history in the making. How about you?