The Australian Open 2023 men’s final stage has been set, with Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas keen to make history with a win at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.
Djokovic has dropped one set in the tournament thus far, putting to bed any injury doubts he has had over the past month.
However, Tsitsipas’ path to the decider has been tough, dropping sets to Jannik Sinner and Karen Khachanov in gruelling battles.
The pair have met 12 times in the past, with the Serbian claiming 10 of those victories, including the 2021 final at Roland Garros.
So, will the Greek God win his maiden Grand Slam? Or will Djokovic inch closer to immortality with his 22nd major title and 10th Australian Open trophy?
The Sporting News has all the details you need to make your punting decisions.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic odds
|To Win||USA (BetMGM)||UK (Skybet)||Australia (Sportsbet)|
|Spread||USA (BetMGM)||UK (Skybet)||Australia (Sportsbet)|
|Stefanos Tsitsipas (+5.5 games)||-105||1/1||2.02|
|Novak Djokovic (-5.5 games)||-135||8/11||1.76|
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic form and betting trends
Tsitsipas and Djokovic both come into the men’s final with plenty of confidence in their ability to go all the way.
For the Serbian, he has done it 21 times before and knows what’s required to hold the trophy aloft at the end of the tournament.
Djokovic’s form throughout the Australian Open, let alone the last month, has been superb, despite the injury cloud that has followed him since he stepped foot in the country.
Dropping only one set to Enzo Couacaud in the second round, the 35-year-old has been faultless and looks to be playing some of his best tennis.
Prior to the Australian Open, Djokovic took home the title from the Adelaide International 1, the ATP World Tour, the Telaviv Watergen Open and the Wimbledon Championship in the last six months.
The nine-time Melbourne Park conqueror is still looking to add more silverware to his cabinet and emerge as one of the greatest of all time.
Djokovic will have tremendous faith he can claim another victory, given the 10-2 history the pair have shared since 2018.
However, his opponent, Tsitsipas, has been biding his time behind the ‘Big Three‘ for a few years and is ready to take the mantle of world No.1, pending a victory on Sunday.
The 24-year-old’s Australian Open has been impressive so far, taking down up-and-comer Jannik Sinner and Karen Khachanov.
Prior to the Melbourne Park tournament, Tsitsipas’ form hasn’t been ideal as he was eliminated early at the ATP World Tour, the first round of the 2022 US Open and the third round of Wimbledon.
But, as he has admitted, Australia is his home away from home and continues to find ways to perform at the opening Grand Slam of the tennis calendar.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic head-to-head results
The pair have met a total of 12 times, with Djokovic claiming 10 victories.
|2022||Novak Djokovic||6-4 7-6(4)||Nitto ATP Finals||Round Robin|
|2022||Novak Djokovic||6-3 3-6 7-6(4)||ATP Master 1000 Paris||Semi Final|
|2022||Novak Djokovic||6-3 6-4||Astana||Final|
|2022||Novak Djokovic||6-0 7-6(5)||ATP Masters 1000 Rome||Final|
|2021||Novak Djokovic||6-7(6) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4||Roland Garros||Final|
|2021||Novak Djokovic||4-6 7-5 7-5||ATP Masters 1000 Rome||Quarter Final|
|2020||Novak Djokovic||6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 6-1||Roland Garros||Semi Final|
|2020||Novak Djokovic||6-3 6-4||Dubai||Final|
|2019||Novak Djokovic||6-1 6-2||ATP Masters 1000 Paris||Quarter Final|
|2019||Stefanos Tsitsipas||3-6 7-5 6-3||ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai||Quarter Final|
|2019||Novak Djokovic||6-3 6-4||ATP Masters 1000 Madrid||Final|
|2018||Stefanos Tsitsipas||6-3 6-7(5) 6-3||ATP Masters 1000 Canada||Round 16|
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Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic preview and prediction
Can Tsitsipas bypass Djokovic’s amazing defence? Can he keep a cool head against one of the tennis greats?
The Greek, at times throughout the Australian Open, has lost his way, allowing his opponents a look in when there wasn’t one.
Tsitsipas’ match with Sinner was done-and-dusted and looked to be locked away after three sets.
However, momentary lapses gave the Italian a chance to steal the victory, which won’t work against Djokovic.
The Serbian is ruthless with his opponents, winning his last three matches in straight sets and a touch over two hours each.
Djokovic’s preparation for this final has been second to none despite his injury concerns and the untimely controversy following his father off the court.
Currently on a 16-game winner streak, the 21-time Grand Slam champion is raring to go and keen to continue making history.
Although Tsitsipas is poised to take the mantle of the top tier players and begin converting some Grand Slam finals appearances to trophies, he may just have to wait a little longer.
The third seed will experience plenty of success in the years to follow, but Djokovic will be the one holding the crown come Sunday night.
Prediction: Djokovic in five sets.
What time is Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic?
|Date||Sunday, January 28||Sunday, January 28||Sunday, January 28||Sunday, January 28|
|Time||8:30am BST||3:30amam ET||3:30am ET||7:30pm AEDT|
How to watch Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Novak Djokovic in final of the Australian Open
|TV channel||Eurosport 1 or 2||ESPN/ESPN2||TSN1/TSN5||Channel 9|
|Streaming||eurosport.uk||ESPN+ and fuboTV||TSN+||9Now/Stan Sport|
Australia: The Nine Network is the free-to-air broadcaster of the Australian Open 2023.
The Australian Open can also be watched on SmartTV’s 9Now and Stan Sport as well as 9Gem.
Fans can also stream the Australian Open through 9Now and Stan Sport.
UK: Coverage of the Australian Open 2023 will be broadcast in the UK live and exclusively on Eurosport.
Eurosport 1 and 2 will provide daily coverage of the action in Melbourne.
UK fans can also stream the Australian Open through the discovery+ app, the Eurosport app, or through eurosport.co.uk
USA: Tennis fans based in the United States will be able to watch this year’s Australian Open via ESPN. Matches will be broadcast on both ESPN and ESPN2.
ESPN+ and fuboTV will both offer live streaming during the 2023 Australian Open. FuboTV offers a free trial.
Canada: The 2023 Australian Open will be broadcast in Canada by TSN.
Matches will be shown on either TSN1 or TSN5.
Canadian fans are able to live stream the action from Melbourne Park on TSN+.
The full TSN+ broadcast schedule can be accessed here.