Novak Djokovic was a bit shaken up but continued his journey at the Australian Open. The undisputed master of the venue, the world No. 1 begins his bid for his eleventh title at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, January 14, with a bout that looks largely affordable against 178-year-old Croatian Dino Prizmic.to of the world and its qualities. But as the Serb admitted at the end of the meeting, he “he got what he paid for”.
Because, faced with a impetuous 18-year-old opponent, Djokovic was rarely cornered in his Grand Slam entry. Unfazed, Prizmic pushed his famous opponent to his limits, even having a chance to take the second set in the tiebreak before taking the lead with a break in the third set before surrendering (6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4).
If Novak Djokovic is eventually saved, he also did not reassure his fans after he was beaten by Australia’s Alex de Minaur in his last United Cup match in January’s mixed team competition (6-4, 6-4). 3. During the match he felt pain in his elbow and this was a recurring injury of the Serbian football player. “It had a definite impact, especially on the forehand and serve.”he later admitted at a press conference.
This time his elbow does not seem to have any impact on the course of the match, with the world number one even allowing him to play without elbow support, as has happened to him in the past. The truth is that his form was not ideal, as he explained in the press conference. “ I’ve been feeling a little dizzy for four or five days. You can probably hear it in my voice. This is the way it is, you must try to cope with it, overcome it. »
Mixed day for the French
Should we therefore remove Djokovic from the list of title candidates? “For the last 2-3 years, I got injured just before the Australian Open and managed to win the cup in 2021 and 2023.”, reminded the Serb after his defeat against de Minaur. Last season, he lost a set in the second round against Frenchman Enzo Couacaud at the beginning of the tournament and then won the championship.
Besides Djokovic, many of the title favorites also faced great challenges, but for the most part they all won. 5to Russian world champion Andrey Rublev was leading Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild (7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6) until the tiebreak of the fifth set, while American Taylor Fritz (12to) Argentinian Facundo Diaz managed to turn the situation around against Acosta (4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4).
Jannik Sinner (4to) While she had no difficulty in beating Dutch Botic van de Zandschulp (6-4, 7-5, 6-3), the last champion Aryna Sabalenka faced German Ella Seidel. The world’s number 2, Belarusian, won the match with sets of 6-0, 6-1.
On the French side, the results were mixed on the evening of the first day. If Quentin Halys and Diane Parry managed to get to the second round, the French clan has already lost three representatives: Arthur Rinderknech, Léolia Jeanjean and Alizé Cornet. The 33-year-old player from Nice competed for the 68thto She won consecutive Grand Slams but lost heavily to 20-year-old Russian Maria Timofeeva (6-2, 6-4).