Djokovic and Sabalenka crown themselves in Adelaide in preparation for the Australian Open

United’s first tennis trophy in the possession of the American national team after the victory over Italy

Serbian Novak Djokovic won the Australian Tennis Adelaide Championship title by defeating American Sebastian Korda 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 yesterday in a marathon match that lasted 3 hours and 9 minutes, while Belarusian Arina Sabalenka won the women’s title after defeating young Czech Linda Noskova 6 – 3 and 7 – 6, ending a fast for titles that had lasted since 2021. The United States national team won the first edition of the United Mixed Cup, defeating Italy 3 – zero in the final match.

In Adelaide, Djokovic crowned his return to Australia with the 92nd title of his career, which includes 21 major titles. And Djokovic continued his impressive score since last September, achieving his 23rd win against one loss and crowning him in five tournaments, and he said after the final: “I did my best all week to lift this cup. I’ve had a great week standing here with you and that’s definitely a gift for me.

He continued, “The support I have received in the past ten days has not been enjoyed in my life, I think. I felt like I was playing at home.”

Djokovic congratulated Korda, saying: “You made a great effort. I can tell you were closer to winning than me. Settle the matter with a shot from here or a point from there. But the future is bright ahead of you.”

Djokovic celebrates the Adelaide tournament award (AFP)

Djokovic fell behind in the first set after a tiebreaker, which Korda narrowly finished 10-8.

Then Djokovic saved the ball of the match at the end of the second set, which was enough to give Korda the title, to force a deciding set that he won easily 7 – 3. The tie remained 4 – 4 in the decisive set, then Djokovic won by serving 5 – 4, but despite Korda’s lead 30 – zero when The serve was in his possession, and the Serb managed to turn things around in his favor to emerge victorious.

Djokovic was playing his first official tournament in Australia since his deportation before the start of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament, last year because he did not receive the coronavirus vaccine.

And after a decision was issued not to enter the country for a period of 3 years, the penalty was lifted last November, and he will therefore participate in the Australian Open, which begins on the 16th of this year, and he won the title 9 times.

On the other hand, Korda (22 years old) has a single title in his career, which he crowned in 2021 in Parma, and last year he reached two final matches.

On the other hand, Sabalenka sent a strong message to her opponents 8 days before the start of the Australian Open, defeating Noskova 6-3, 7-6.

Sabalenka ended a series of three consecutive defeats in the final matches, to claim her eleventh title in her career in an hour and 43 minutes, in a high temperature of 36 degrees Celsius. Sabalenka’s last title was in the Madrid tournament in May 2021.

And the Belarusian achieved the full mark in this tournament, as she did not lose any group in it, to enter the Australian Open, the first of the four major tournaments in the Grand Peace, with high spirits.

On the other hand, at the age of 18, Noskova became the youngest player to play a final match for a tournament (500 points) since Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in New Haven, USA, in 2007. Noskova achieved a surprise in the semi-finals by defeating Tunisian Anas Jaber, ranked second in the world, and will enter the club of the first fifty players in the tournament. The world ranking, which will be issued today, after the tournament entered the 102nd place. In the first edition of the United Tennis Mixed Cup held in Sydney, the United States team was crowned champion by defeating Italy 3-0 in the final match yesterday.

American Taylor Fritz finally settled the result in favor of his country by defeating Italian Matteo Berrettini 7-6, 7-6 in the third match to advance 3-0, after his compatriots Francis Tiafoe and Jesse Pegula won their matches, the first over Lorenzo Musetti 6-2 and then By retiring, and the second over Martina Trevisan 6-4, 6-2.

After winning, Fritz said: “It is great for the team to win this competition. I am very happy to finally decide the result in favor of my country. It feels great to be on the podium.”

The United States crushed Poland, which was led by world number one Iga Schwyntek, 5-0 in the semi-finals, while Italy beat Greece 4-1.

This competition, which gives points to the players and players participating in it, included 18 teams divided into six groups in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, three in each city.

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