Australian Open Men's final predictions: Dominant Djokovic can match record
- Novak Djokovic has not lost at the Australian Open since 2018
- Stefanos Tsitsipas has won the first set in all six matches so far
- Recommended bet: Novak Djokovic to win 3-1
After correctly predicting the outcome in the women's final, with a correct score to boot, Liam Flin assesses the men's showpiece at the Australian Open.
It is time for the first Grand Slam of the season to reach its conclusion with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic locking horns in the final of the men's singles competition.
While Tsitsipas is looking to win a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, Djokovic is targeting a record-extending 10th Australian Open title when the pair clash at the Rod Laver Arena.
Djokovic puts injury doubts behind him in near-faultless campaign
After missing the 2022 Australian Open, Djokovic cut a determined figure in the opening rounds in Melbourne earlier this month.
In his first three matches, he eased past Roberto Carballes Baena, Enzo Couacaud and Grigor Dimitrov but not everything went the way of the Serbian, who had to call for medical timeouts in both the second and third rounds.
Djokovic came into the Australian Open dealing with a nagging leg injury and there were fears he might not be able to go deep in the tournament.
But after limiting his time on court as much as possible to aid his recovery, Djokovic swept aside home talent Alex De Minaur and fifth seed Andrey Rublev in straight sets in the subsequent rounds to set up a semi-final with Tommy Paul.
Despite a bit of a disagreement with the umpire in the first set over when to start the shot clock, Djokovic did not have any issues against Paul either and is now looking to make it 10 Australian Open titles in his career.
Tsitsipas continues to show affinity for Melbourne
Standing in the way between Djokovic and yet more history Down Under is Greek star Tsitsipas, who himself loves playing in Melbourne.
Earlier in the competition, when speaking in a post-match interview, Tsitsipas suggested he would one day love to move to the Australian city, which has a similar climate to his Athens home and has a large Greek population.
He has certainly capitalised on a supportive crowd this month, winning his first three matches without dropping a set before meeting some resistance against Jannik Sinner, defusing the Italian's comeback bid to win in five sets.
Victories over Cameron Norrie's conqueror Jiri Lehecka and 18th seed Karen Khachanov followed to ensure Tsitsipas reached the tournament's semi-finals for the fourth time in the last five years.
He is now set to play in only his second ever Grand Slam final but will know all too well the odds are not in his favour.
Aryna Sabalenka won her first ever Grand Slam title at the expense of Elena Rybakina in the women's singles competition at the Australian Open on Saturday and Tsitsipas will be hoping to follow suit on Sunday.
But it is a bold move to oppose Djokovic, who last lost in Melbourne back in 2018 and is targeting a men's record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title.
He also leads the head-to-head with Tsitsipas 10-2 with seven of those wins coming on hard courts.
That said, their one previous meeting in a Grand Slam final went to five sets and Tsitsipas is unlikely to go down easily.
Djokovic has dropped just the one set this tournament but Tsitsipas is a cut above any of the Serbian's previous opponents and will ask plenty of questions.