Novak Djokovic’s sponsor HEAD congratulates tennis star on yet-to-happen Australian Open victory | Ralph-Lauren

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There’s nothing like announcing a winner before it’s official.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic waves as he walks onto Rod Laver Arena.
Camera IconSerbia’s Novak Djokovic waves as he walks onto Rod Laver Arena. Credit: Andy Brownbill/AP

According to sporting apparel HEAD, Novak Djokovic will take out tomorrow night’s Australian Open men’s final.

In an email, the brand congratulated the world number one on his yet-to-happen victory.

“Congratulations Novak. Relentless speed. Record-breaking 9 time Australian Open champion,” the email read.

Unfortunately for HEAD, Djokovic has won eight Open titles — not nine.

The brand quickly realised its mistake and sent a follow-up email with a correction.

“What we meant to say is…” the email read.

“Good luck Novak in the 2021 Australian Open final.”

Djokovic is through to the final against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, with that match to get underway Sunday afternoon WST.

The Djoker is the marginal favourite to take the crown and complete a second Australian Open three-peat after winning the grand slam back-to-back in 2019 and 2020.

He also claimed the Open titles in 2008, 2015 and 2016, and completed a hat-trick of wins between 2011 and 2013.

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At 25 years and 10 days old, Medvedev is the youngest Australian Open men’s singles finalist since Djokovic himself in 2012, and is bidding to become the youngest men’s major winner since the Serb claimed his third title in Melbourne that year.

Djokovic is unbeaten in his past 26 outings in Australia and has reigned supreme in all eight of his previous Australian Open finals.

But his opponent Medvedev is riding a 20-match winning streak stretching back to October.

Despite owning 17 major titles to Medvedev’s none, Djokovic is only a slight favourite and knows he faces an almighty test against the rampaging Russian.

-With AAP



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