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‘Grateful’ Djokovic Poses With Trophy For Australian Open Champion Photoshoot

Serbian returned to World No. 1 with record-equalling 22nd major title
January 30, 2023
Novak Djokovic poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on Monday in the gardens of Melbourne's Government House.
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Novak Djokovic poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on Monday in the gardens of Melbourne's Government House. By ATP Staff

After the ecstasy and emotion of Novak Djokovic’s record-extending 10th Australian Open triumph on Sunday, celebrations of the Serbian’s historic achievements rolled over to Monday morning in Melbourne.

Djokovic lifted his 22nd Grand Slam crown to tie Rafael Nadal’s record of major titles with a straight-sets victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Rod Laver Arena. Just hours after fulfilling his media duties deep into the night, Djokovic headed to the gardens of Government House, the official residence of the Governor of Victoria, for the 2023 champion’s photoshoot with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup.

“The morning after always feels great,” Djokovic said on Instagram. “Holding this wonderful trophy once again, for the 10th time, I’m very grateful for all the support that I’ve been getting over the past few weeks, here in Melbourne but also around the world.”

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Although Djokovic is now a 10-time champion at the Australian Open, he said it was just the second occasion that some members of his family had been with him for a Melbourne triumph.

“I’m really glad to be able to share some nice moments, the morning-after victory, with my parents, with my brother, [who] were here the first time I won a Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2008,” he said. “So it’s been a wonderful journey, 15 years, and just to have them there makes this win even more special.

“I hope to be performing at my best again in Australia, as I have fortunately over the course of my career, next year as well, and let’s celebrate tennis even more.”

Djokovic on Monday began a record-extending 374th week as No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. The 35-year-old returned to top spot for the first time since last June as a result of his Melbourne run, ending Carlos Alcaraz’s 20-week reign.

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