Novak Djokovic. All you need is love

The most important episodes in history

  • Novak Djokovic intends to win his fourth consecutive title at next week’s Australian Open
  • The Serb has not lost a single game since being engaged last September
  • Rafael Nadal առաջին Roger Federer to face Australians in first round
  • Women’s champion is defended by Victoria Azarenka, and Serena Williams is the leader

Novak Djokovic is on his way to the “Fab Quartet” of the Australian Open when the tournament starts next week in Melbourne, the current champion says that he only needs love.

The second Serbian racket could be the first man to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles at the start of the season, he says, and he has been in unstoppable shape after asking his girlfriend Elena Rist.

“I was engaged in September,” Djokovic told media in Melbourne on Friday. “But since we are engaged, I have not lost a single game, so I think the wedding should be very soon.”

The 26-year-old says the couple has yet to set a date for the big day, so for now he can focus on starting his legal campaign in Australia.

Djokovic may be engaged, but he is also exploring his relationship with the court with new coach Boris Becker, who has also become a two-time Australian Open champion.

“It’s wonderful to see Boris as elegant as ever, he’s our sports legend,” said Djokovic, nodding to Becker, who was following the crowd in a clever beige blazer.

“He has not been in Australia for 15 years, so he is surprised to see how much has been done since then. I am honored to have him with the rest of the team.

“We will try to succeed in our partnership, that is only the beginning.”

Djokovic, who won his first Grand Slam tournament in Australia in 2008, will face world number 90 Lukas Lazko of Slovakia in the first round.

“The Australian Open is without a doubt my most successful Grand Slam tournament, my favorite,” said Djokovic.

“Most players share the same opinion that we love the atmosphere, we love the light energy that circulates around tennis in Australia.”

Roger Federerwho is also a four-time winner in Australia, opens his tournament against Australian James Duckworth.

The Swiss, who last won the tournament in 2010, is in 8th place in the tournament, playing in the quarterfinals against the British. Andy Murray in the middle of the draw.

Murray, who reached the triple final in Melbourne, will face Go Soeda of Japan in the first round.

Rafael Nadal He missed last year’s tournament due to a stomach virus, but the Spanish star returned after winning a preparatory tournament in Qatar.

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Australian friend Leighton Hewitt In the first round, he meets with Italian Andreas Seppi after defeating Federer at the Brisbane International Tournament. a victory that saw him win his first title in three years.

Victoria Azarenka lined up next to Djokovic to meet the media and fans as the reigning women champion seeks his third consecutive title on the tough courts of Melbourne Park.

“I am glad to be here again in the Australian Open,” said Azarenka. “Last year was really successful for me, winning the Grand Slam here and having a great final at the US Open.”

There was no word about an American competitor Serena Williamswho defeated Azarenka in Brisbane to participate again in the Australian Open as a spectator.

The three-time winner of the Australian Open Williams will meet the young Australian Ashley Barty in the first round.

Azarenka starts her campaign against Sweden’s Johanna Larson, while in the same half of the draw she is in the third place of Russia. Maria Sharapova confronts American Bethany Matthews-Sands.

Djokovic and Azarenka were happy to stand in front of the cameras with their cups as the reigning champions, but in the Australian Open they are not talking about defense, but attack.

“We are getting used to these pre-tournament photos together as the reigning champion for two years in a row,” Djokovic said.

“I like the fact that we have a cup draw, I hope we will leave our mark on them, we will take them again in two weeks.”

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