Djokovic: from “come, say it to my face” to a fan to praise for Etcheverry

Novak Djokovic He did his thing and carried out a match that on paper was won. It is that the Australian Alexei Popyrin (43rd) did not make it easy for him, but the number one in the world, the more they demand it, the more he responds. This is how she beat him 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-3 and sealed her place in the third round of the Australian Open.

But it seems that the 36-year-old tennis player was called to his game. While the fourth and final set of the match was developing, Nole crossed paths with a spectator who shouted at him from the stands. At that moment, as if it seemed little how hot the match was, Djokovic immediately reacted by approaching the audience and laughingly waved his hands inviting the fan to get down from his seat. “Come and tell me to my face”assured the Serbian.

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Djokovic crossed paths with a fan while the match against Popyrin was taking place

The applause from the spectators did not take long to fall. And even though the person who insulted him followed the tennis player’s instructions, it did not happen any further.. The rest was history. Djokovic used that confrontation to motivate himself and ended up taking the victory against the Australian.

After three hours and 12 minutes of suffering, the moment of celebration was their relief. And boy, there was a big respite…

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Djokovic’s celebration

On the opposite sidewalk, an Argentine is waiting for him. No less than Tomas Etcheverry (32nd) that comes from beating the Frenchman Gael Monfils (76th) in a triple 6-4. Before the victory against Monfils, the 24-year-old from La Plata had just left Andy Murraywhich, despite being 44th in the ATP ranking, in 2016 knew how to be World’s number one and fought with talent and sacrifice against the three men who have led the world tennis scene for 20 years: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and his own Djokovic.

It will be the second time they see each other’s faces. To his credit, there were two victories for Nole: in the Masters 1000 in Rome and Paris, last year. But the Serbian knows that Etcheverry improved his performance. That’s why he praised him. “He is playing the best tennis of his life”stated the one born in Belgrade.

The confrontation will take place on Friday January 19con schedule to be confirmed. Both will go for the same objective: qualify for the fourth round of the Australian Open and continue the dream of being the champion of the first Major of the season.

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