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2023 Australian Open Recap

Sabalenka, Djokovic Ascend Aussie Thrones

The first Grand Slam of the year is in the books. A new champion has emerged in the women’s game in Belarusia’s Aryna Sabalenka, who claimed the women’s trophy in her maiden major final. On the men’s front, it was more of the same as a familiar face in Novak Djokovic emerged triumphant, winning his 10th Australian Open title and record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title.

Here are all the key stats and numbers from both finals, and a fortnight of stellar tennis Down-Under featuring the game’s best and brightest rising stars. We break them down in the context of the women’s and men’s games, respectively, in no particular order.

2023 Australian Open Lookback
Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka - Brenton Edwards/AFP

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Australian Open Women’s Tournament

  • +700 – Sabalenka entered the Australian Open draw as the +700 bet to win it all, a price point that set her up as the second-best bet after 1orld No.1 Iga Swiatek.
  • 11-0 – Sabalenka is a perfect 11-0 o since the start of the 2023 season, picking up two titles along the way in Adelaide and then the Australian Open.
  • 22-1 – Record in sets won and lost for Sabalenka, with the lone set dropped in the final against Elena Rybakina. Sabalenka stormed back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
  • 2 – Sabalenka moves up to World No. 2, matching her career-high ranking which she first reached in August of 2021.
  • 1 – Sabalenka won her maiden Grand Slam title in her first-ever appearance at a major final.

Bei den Männern gewinnt #Djokovic in dem Land, das ihn letztes Jahr wegen seines Impfstatus’ nicht reingelassen hat.

Karma is a bitch

— Jonas Danner (@MrJonasDanner) January 29, 2023

  • 10 – Rybakina cracks the Top 10 after her runner-up finish in Melbourne. The Kazakh would have ranked inside the Top 10 had she been awarded the 2000 points for winning the 2022 Wimbledon Championship.
  • 3 – Rybakina defeated three Grand Slam champions to reach the final: Swiatek, Jelena Ostapenko, and Victoria Azarenka.
  • 6Coco Gauff reaches a career-high ranking of No. 6 despite falling at the R16 hurdle.
  • 16 – Azarenka is back inside the Top 20 after reaching her third Australian Open semifinal.
  • 20Karolina Pliskova moves up 11 ranking spots to No. 20 following her quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open.
  • 23 – The number of ranking points surprise package Madga Linette jumped by making the Australian Open semifinals. The Polish No. 2 reaches a career-high ranking of No. 22 at the age of 30 years.
  • 51Linda Fruhvirtova, at 17 years of age, reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. As a result of her Cinderella run, she moved up to No. 51.

Australian Open Men’s Tournament

  • -120 The odds for Djokiovc to win the Australian Open title in preseason betting markets. From the start of the season, Djokovic was the runaway favorite and the player to beat.
  • 10 – The number of Australian Open titles Djokovic has won since winning his maiden major title Down Under in 2007.
  • 22 – The number of Grand Slam titles Djokovic has won, tying him with arch-rival Rafael Nadal in the history books.
  • 2:56 – It took Djokovic two hours, 56 minutes to convert on his third match point and claim the 6-3, 7-6 (4) 7-6 (5) win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
  • 1 – Djokovic returns to the top of the ATP rankings following his Melbourne triumph. The Serbian begins his seventh stint at the top of the ATP rankings and he will bid to break his own record by finishing the 2023 season as the ATP’s year-end No.1 player for the eighth time.
  • 21-1 – The number of sets won and lost during Djokovic’s Australian Open run. The lone set the Serbian star dropped was in the second round against Enzo Couacaud.
  • 12-0 – Djokovic is a perfect 12-0 to start the season, picking up the title in Adelaide and then the Australian Open.
  • 36-2 – The total number of sets won and lost by Djokovic since the start of the season. He lost a set to Sebastian Korda in the Adelaide final, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (3), 6-4.

  • 2 – The number of semifinal appearances for Russia’s Karen Khachanov, both coming back-to-back the 2022 US Open and 2023 Australian Open. Khachanov moves up 7 ranking points to No. 13 this week.
  • 19 – American Tommy Paul debuts for the first time inside the Top 20. Paul moves up to No. 19 following his maiden trip to a Grand Slam semifinal.
  • 2000 – The number of points lost by Nadal this week after failing to defend his 2022 Aussie Open title. The 36-year-old Spaniard drops to No. 6 in the ATP rankings.
  • 39 – Surprise quarterfinalist, Jiri Lehecka, moved 32 ranking spots to No. 39. The 21-year-old Czech rising star was one of the surprise packages of the tournament.
  • 44 – American debutant Ben Shelton jumped 45 ranking spots, improving to No. 44 in the men’s rankings. The 20-year-old American made his first Grand Slam main draw appearance outside of the United States and reached the quarterfinals.
  • 9Holger Rune is back inside the top 10, moving up one ranking point after reaching the R16 in Melbourne.

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