Novak Djokovic won his first title of the year on Sunday in Adelaide, Australia, beating American Sebastian Korda 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in the final.
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The Serb, current 5th in the world, had to save a match point in the second set before offering himself the 92nd trophy of his career and ideally starting his season a week before the Australian Open, where he will try to equal Rafael Nadal's record for Grand Slam victories (22).
Thanks to this victory against the 33rd in the ATP rankings, the 35-year-old is now tied with his great Spanish rival for fourth in the most titles won in men's singles in the Open era, behind the American Jimmy Connors (109), Swiss Roger Federer (103) and Czech Ivan Lendl (94).
The Serb was unable to participate in the Australian Open last year due to his non-vaccination against COVID-19. He had been expelled from the country before the start of the tournament.
Djokovic will try in Melbourne from January 16 to win a 10th title, a record, at the Australian Open.