Djokovic and Tsitsipas start Australian Open men’s final

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Open men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas began Sunday under an open roof at Rod Laver Arena.

In addition to the championship, the winner will take first place in the ATP rankings.

For fourth-seeded Djokovic, it’s also a chance to win his 10th Australian Open title a year after he was barred from competing at Melbourne Park because he wasn’t not vaccinated against COVID-19. It would also be the 35-year-old Serbian player’s 22nd singles title, tying him with Rafael Nadal for the men’s record.

Third-seeded Tsitsipas is trying to become the first Greek player to win a Grand Slam singles title. In his only other major final, Tsitsipas won the first two sets against Djokovic but lost the match in five.


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