Novak Djokovic: 'Put a professional athlete in that kind of...'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Put a professional athlete in that kind of...'

Did Ilya Ivashka create any problems for you in today's fight? Or is it such a classic win with a score of 6/4, 6/4? No, it was a very, very tough match. Since the first game, there have been very long rallies. It was all very nervous and emotional.

In my opinion, we both play at a very high level. I don't know how Ilya saw it, but I definitely saw it at a very high level. In my opinion, we had a score of 3/2 in the first set, and we already played for half an hour; this is an indicator that the fight is very serious for each goal.

I had break points, he had break points, we played the first set on an equal footing. Since he had many opportunities, I did too. Only a few millimeters have bent in my direction. During this match, you had a nasty episode with a fan who supported Ivashka - at some point he yelled and applauded your mistakes so actively that you even had to go up and berate him.

Please tell us what happened. It was very strange: a fan was sitting with his partner, they were both immersed in their phones, and they started yelling my mistakes in a very quiet moment, when there were very even rallies, the ball just hit the net.

And not that he allowed me to yell "Come on!" Too strong when I earned a point from Ilya or something else. And I had to go up and tell this guy that if they want to stay sick and watch the game, they have to behave with dignity, otherwise they will just get them out of the arena.

Novak Djokovic is extremely conscious of his health and has often spoken out against mandatory vaccinations.

Djokovic is back to his best

Considering Novak Djokovic's stance on hard quarantine, it appears as though the only option left for the Serb is to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, if he hasn't done so already.

"It was not a good experience for us, for example, it was very difficult for Viktor," Novak Djokovic said of the quarantine restrictions for the 2021 Australian Open. "We had that quarantine where we could train, but if a man can't train, then ...

Put a professional athlete in that kind of quarantine so he can't get out of the room, and then expect him to play on some level, really. Not to mention the increased risk of injury, of which there were many, including me at this year's Australian Open," he added.

"If such conditions remain, I think that many players will think very well whether they will go or not."

Novak Djokovic