Rafael Nadal feels Novak Djokovic won’t be the 2023 Australian Open favourite. The Spanish great believes even the 9-time Melbourne Grand Slam winner will struggle against the younger generation.
Djokovic will return to the Australian Open in January despite his past scandal. The recent lifting of his immigration restriction will allow him to play in the 2023 Australian Open, where he will bid for a record-extending 10th title.
He’ll also try to become the second male player after Nadal to win the same Grand Slam singles championship 10 times. The Spaniard feels Djokovic is a great chance to win the Australian Open in 2023, but it will be difficult due to the Next Gen competition.
“A 9-time winner is a candidate. Many young people push, and tournaments are open “Nadal told Cadena SER.
Carlos Alcaraz, the current World No. 1, earned his first Grand Slam championship in the 2022 US Open. Holger Rune, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Taylor Fritz also showed promise last season.
Casper Ruud, who reached two Grand Slam finals in 2022, and Daniil Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion, are also Grand Slam contenders. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are.
Nadal had a tremendous Australian Open. After beating Medvedev in the 2022 final, he became the first man to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles.
Rafael Nadal wants to win everything in 2023.
Rafael Nadal is injury-free as he prepares for the 2023 season.
The 36-year-old said he will set his ambitions for 2023 dependent on the kind of tennis he produces at the start of the season. He committed to be competitive enough to win every tour he plays.
“My goals are based on level and tennis state. My goal is to be competitive “Nadal,
Given his injury history, he never envisioned still playing at 36.
“Despite injuries, we’re still active at an age we didn’t think we’d be,” said the 14-time French Open champion.
The Spaniard will represent Team Spain in the 2023 United Cup.