TennisSection previews the 2023 Australian Open as Novak Djokovic takes on Roberto Carballes Baena in the Round of 128 on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.
Will Novak Djokovic get the win? Will Roberto Carballes Baena pull off the upset? This will be a fascinating one, as we witness the tournament favorite take the stage in his opening match. Who will triumph and move through to the Round of 64 at the 2023 Australian Open?
Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly the heavy favorite for the title, especially considering the circumstances of the draw. I believe a few challenges will lie in his way this tournament, so Roberto Carbellas Baena will have to play the tennis of his life, or in all honesty, hope Djokovic’s recent hamstring issues hold him back. Let’s see what the Serbian superstar shows us as he looks to advance to the Round of 64 at the 2023 Australian Open.
Roberto Carballes Baena got the worst possible first-round match in having to take on Novak Djokovic, the tournament favorite and a guy who has been on an absolute tear since Wimbledon. Djokovic will certainly surpass the first stage at this rate, and it’ll be up to Carballes Baena to go for a very aggressive strategy in order to win the match. Let’s see what he can do in the toughest first-round possible here at the 2023 Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic and Roberto Carballes Baena have met once before, with Novak Djokovic leading the head to head 1-0. Funnily enough, Carballes Baena has had the misfortune of drawing Djokovic in the first round of a major before, over 3 years ago at the 2019 US Open. Djokovic won in straight sets, especially considering his dominance at the Australian Open, expect a one-sided affair here as Djokovic looks to begin his all-important campaign at the 2023 Australian Open.
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