Djokovic Can Switch Focus Towards 2023

Novak Djokovic

STARNBERG, September 1, 2022 (Guest Post)

After missing out on the final Grand Slam of the year at the US Open, Novak Djokovic can already look ahead to major title opportunities in 2023. By winning the 2022 Wimbledon crown, the world number six has shown he’s still arguably the player to beat ahead of the four Grand Slam events next year.

Wimbledon Highlighted Djokovic Class

After the disappointment of a French Open quarter-final defeat at the hands of old rival Rafael Nadal, Djokovic showed great character to bounce back at Wimbledon. The Serbian star, who is currently priced at 11/8 in the Betfair tennis odds to win the 2023 Australian Open, battled past Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the semi-finals, before coming from behind to beat Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the final at Wimbledon.

Many tennis betting tips will have Djokovic as the favourite going into next year’s Grand Slams and his efforts at SW19, to win a seventh Wimbledon title, highlighted why. Even at the age of 35, Djokovic looks more than capable of adding to his impressive Grand Slam tally of 21.

Djokovic has kept himself in great shape in this latter stage of his career and has been able to avoid significant injury troubles, unlike some of his rivals. Nadal has been forced to play through the pain barrier at times with his chronic foot problem and that could well hinder the Spaniard’s Grand Slam chances going into next year.

This certainly plays into Djokovic’s hands, as the former world number one looks to land more Grand Slam titles and reclaim his place at the top of the men’s world standings.

Melbourne Provides A Great Opportunity

Having already claimed nine titles at the Australian Open, Djokovic will be determined to make a winning return to Melbourne next year. Signs suggest he will be allowed to return to the Aussie Open after missing out on the event at the start of 2022. If Djokovic does get the all-clear to return to Melbourne, then he will have a great opportunity of claiming a remarkable tenth Australian Open title in Victoria.

Reigning Aussie Open champion Nadal will have something to say about that if the 36-year-old Spaniard is fit to compete Down Under. Nadal beat world number one, Daniil Medvedev of Russia, in the final this year, before going on to win an unprecedented 14th title at the French Open. The ‘King of Clay’ clearly showed back in January he still has what it takes to compete on the hardcourt surfaces at the Australian Open and there could well be another titanic tussle between himself and Djokovic in Melbourne next year.

While Djokovic’s rivals challenge for the US Open at Flushing Meadows this year, the time away from New York City does give the Serb the opportunity to better prepare for the challenges that lie ahead in 2023. After what has been a thrilling season this year, there are bound to be even more thrills at spills at the Grand Slams to come.