Novak Djokovic, aiming for an unprecedented 25th major crown, commences his Australian Open defense with a “pain-free” start against 18-year-old qualifier Dino Prizmic. The opening Grand Slam extends to a 15-day event to minimize late-night finishes. Djokovic, overcoming a wrist concern in his build-up, expresses excitement and hopes for a winning start in Melbourne, his favored place.
While Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite, the prospect of a third-round clash against fellow veteran Andy Murray adds anticipation. Murray, a five-time Australian Open finalist, faces Argentine 30th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry in his opener. Djokovic’s potential victory could see him surpass Margaret Court’s all-time Slam record, making him an 11-time winner at a single major.
The competition intensifies as the number one ranking is on the line, with contenders including Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, and Daniil Medvedev. Alcaraz, having evolved since his Wimbledon victory over Djokovic, is eyeing a final showdown. Medvedev, a Melbourne finalist in 2021 and 2022, begins against qualifier Terence Atmane, expressing a desire for personal growth and maturity on the court. The Australian Open promises thrilling matches and historic milestones as the tennis season kicks off in Melbourne.
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