Australian Open: Djokovic defends father after reaching Melbourne final

Can make it a perfect 22nd Grand Slam title in Melbourne: Novak Djokovic.  Photo: Aaron Favila/AP/dpa

Can make it an ideal twenty second Grand Slam title in Melbourne: Novak Djokovic. Photo: Aaron Favila/AP/dpa

Novak Djokovic can be set to place an finish to his father controversy and attain the final of the Australian Open after issues along with his hip. There he needs to take Nadal’s report. Stefanos Tsitsipas has an objection to this.

Melbourne – Novak Djokovic appeared on the empty area in his field as he celebrated the final, so the Serbian tennis star despatched an emotional salute to his absent father on the lodge.

“I do know it would not have been doable with out my household and my group,” Djokovic mentioned through the winner’s interview at Rod Laver Arena. You are with me via good occasions and dangerous occasions. moments”.

And for Srdjan Djokovic, who determined to not go to the stadium on the Australian Open on Friday due to an incident with a gaggle of Russian spectators, his son was by his facet throughout this tough second. Although the title hampered his preparations for his 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 semi-final victory over American Tommy Paul, the final in his record-breaking quest on Sunday (9.30 CET/Eurosport) might go forward. towards the Greek Stephanos Tsitsipas.

“Misinterpretation Amplifies”

“Obviously, it is uncomfortable for me,” Djokovic mentioned, including, “It’s not one thing I need or want,” given the dearth of a corona vaccine a yr in the past. But the Serb strongly defended his father: the scenario worsened because of “misinterpretation” and since his father was “handled by individuals”. “I am unable to be mad at him for that.” The 21-time winner of the “Grand Slam” event mentioned brazenly: “We are towards conflict.” His father, his household and himself “went via a number of wars within the Nineteen Nineties.”

The video after Djokovic’s victory within the quarterfinals towards the Russian Andrey Rublev precipitated a stir on the Internet. It confirmed the tennis star’s father standing behind a Russian flag with a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Melbourne Park. Next to him is a person carrying a shirt with a “Z” image, which is taken into account an emblem of help for the invasion of Russia, together with Ukraine. In a press release, Srdjan Djokovic regretted the commotion and mentioned he solely wished to take photos along with his son’s followers.

In his thirty third Grand Slam final, Djokovic mentioned he “needs his dad again”. Only Tsitsipas can cease him in his report breaking mission. The 24-year-old Greek defeated Russian Karen Khachanov 7:6 (7:2), 6:4, 6:7 (6:8), 6:3 to achieve the final of her second Grand Slam event.

At the final, the temper is assured

With the rowdy Serbian and Greek followers at Melbourne Park, the ambiance is assured. Tennis historical past will probably be made both method: Tsitsipas can turn out to be Greece’s first Grand Slam winner, Djokovic equals Spaniard Rafael Nadal’s report along with his twenty second main event victory.

The incontrovertible fact that the winner will exchange the absent Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz on the prime of the world rankings will make the struggle much more fascinating. “Of course,” Djokovic mentioned. Tsitsipas himself sees it the identical method, with the 24-year-old telling followers after his semi-final victory: “Let’s do it, individuals!

The two rivals met within the 2021 French Open final, when Djokovic overcame a 0-2 set deficit. Djokovic’s invincibility was evident, if solely quickly, in his semi-final. He took painkillers on the bench for a hip harm, and generally bent his knees after rallies to taunt the referee.

“Something is flawed at the moment,” Eurosport pundit Boris Becker mentioned at first of the match, including that his former defender was “in some way irritated, very delicate”. But that is not stunning: “There are so many secondary theaters of conflict that it breaks his focus.”

This Saturday’s girls’s final (9.30 CET/Eurosport) may very well be accompanied by political debate. Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus is the primary participant to win a Grand Slam below a impartial flag. Her opponent is Russian: Elena Rybakina, who has been enjoying for Kazakhstan since 2018 and introduced the nation her first Grand Slam victory at Wimbledon final July.


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