MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic climbed into the Rod Laver Arena stands to celebrate his 10th Australian Open championship and record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title Sunday and, after jumping and pumping his fists with his team, he collapsed onto his back, crying.
When he returned to the playing surface, Djokovic sat on his sideline bench, buried his face in a white towel and sobbed some more.
This trip to Australia was far more successful than that of a year ago — when he was deported because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19 — although difficult in its own ways: a bad hamstring; some off-court tumult involving his father. Yet Djokovic accomplished all he could have possibly wanted in his return: He resumed his winning ways at Melbourne Park and made it back to the top of tennis, declaring: “This probably is the, I would say, biggest victory of my life.”
Only briefly challenged in the final, Djokovic was simply better at the most crucial moments and beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5). As a bonus, Djokovic will vault from No. 5 to No. 1 in the ATP rankings, a spot he already has held for more weeks than any other man.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski is out of the Australian Open after a third-round loss in women's doubles action.
The Ottawa native and her Mexican partner Giuliana Olmos lost 7-5, 6-2 to American Caroline Dolehide and Anna Kalinskaya of Russia in a match played Tuesday night in Melbourne.
Dabrowski and Olmos leapt out to a 4-0 lead in the first set before Dolehide and Kalinskaya stormed back for the victory.
The Canadian and her teammate hit four aces across the match but struggled with break points, winning just two of a possible eight.