Novak Djokovic admits anger at his father affected him ahead of semifinal win

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Novak Djokovic admits anger at his father affected him ahead of semifinal win


Novak Djokovic has admitted that anger over his father being photographed with a Vladimir Putin supporter affected him before his victory over Tommy Paul in the Australian Open semifinals.

The Serb will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in his 33rd Grand Slam final on Sunday, matching Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 titles and the winner will overtake Carlos Alcaraz to become world number one.

His 7-5 6-1 6-2 victory over the American pole seemed straightforward on the scoreboard, but it didn’t feel that way when Djokovic went 5-1 to four in the first set. I’m sure it was.

Srdjan Djokovic was unknowingly caught up in pro-Russian protests while taking pictures with his son’s fans on Friday and skipped the match to avoid “chaos”. He issued a statement saying he had decided not to go.

Djokovic Sr was included as part of a YouTube video released by a Russian activist. The video’s subtitles said Srjan Djokovic made a pro-Russian comment, but the Serbian media simply translated it as if he was saying goodbye to the men.

“It’s unfortunate that the misunderstanding of what happened has escalated to such an extent,” Djokovic said at a press conference.

Of course, it happened to me too. I didn’t realize it until last night. Of course, I wasn’t happy to see it.

“My father, my whole family, and myself went through several wars in the 90s. We know how devastating it can be for families and for people in any country experiencing war.

“The picture he took, he was passing through. I heard what he said in the video. He said ‘Cheers.’ Unfortunately, some media interpret it in a really wrong way.

“There were a lot of Serbian flags around. That was his idea. He thought he was taking a picture with someone from Serbia.

“Of course it’s not fun for me to go through all the things I’ve had to deal with in Australia last year and this year. It’s not what I want or need. I hope he gives it to me so I can focus on tennis.”

Novak Djokovic argues with referee Damien Dumsois
Novak Djokovic argues with referee Damien Dumsois (Aaron Favila/AP)

Whether Djokovic’s father will play in the final remains to be determined.

Djokovic said, “He was exploited in this situation, by this group of people.” went out to celebrate

“After that, of course he felt bad because of me, and he knew how it would affect me.

“Of course I wasn’t happy that he wasn’t in the box. It’s a decision we made together. I think we just didn’t know how things were going to play out. I want him to be on the court, so I hope he’s okay with it.”

Rod Laver had a lively atmosphere on Friday night, threatening to do the unthinkable in the first set, boosting support for Paul as he reached his first Slam semifinal.

Novak Djokovic's father Srjan (left) and mother Dijana after beating Andrei Rublev in the quarterfinals
Novak Djokovic’s father Srjan (left) and mother Dijana (Dita Alangkara/AP) after defeating Andrei Rublev in the quarterfinals.

An altercation with chair umpire Damien Dumusois over when to start the shot clock was the catalyst as Djokovic lost noticeably 11 of 13 points and dropped two consecutive serves to go from 5-1 to 5-4. It seems that

But Paul was unable to hold his serve to win the tiebreak and, after being booed by the crowd, Djokovic returned to his seat and gestured to make the noise louder.

After a record 27 straight wins at Melbourne Park, the 35-year-old relaxed into the final.

Djokovic said: “Of course I am very happy and delighted to have reached the final of a Grand Slam again. “This is exactly what I imagined and wanted when I came to Australia.”

The 25-year-old had mixed feelings about his first match against Djokovic. It sucks for him to be in the game and get hit like that. ”

Earlier, Tsitsipas overcame a third-set wobble to beat Karen Khachanov 7-6(1), 6-4(6), 6-3 to reach her first Australian Open final.

The Greek looked like he could win easily but was unable to serve in the third set, missing two match points in the tiebreak before regrouping.

He is now looking to be one better at the 2021 French Open than his only French Open final when he led Djokovic 2-1 but lost in 5 sets.



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