Australian Open midterm grades: Favorites Djokovic and Swiatek still alive

Australian Open midterm grades: Favorites Djokovic and Swiatek still alive

Novak Djokovic, tennis, 2023 Australian Open

Novak Djokovic, one of the favorites to win the 2023 Australian Open, is still alive in the tournament.

Both 2022 Australian Open finals were out in round two: Ash Barty retired and Rafa Nadal refused to retire despite an apparent injury. It looks like the entire “Break Point” series was out at round three. This is the first Major after Roger Federer and Serena Williams retired and kind of retired … But the two pre-tournament favorites – Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek – remain in the draw. Plus: A whole unit of Americans for Special Forces, from young clerk Ben Shelton – on his first trip out of the country – to contestants Coco Gauff and Jessie Pegula. On to week two we go. But first, your midterm grades…

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