Andy Roddick reveals how he, Novak Djokovic handled their beef



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Andy Roddick reveals how he, Novak Djokovic handled their beef

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick says he and Novak Djokovic squashed their beef long ago and have a fair relationship now. At the US Open in 2008, Djokovic defeated Tommy Robredo in five sets to reach the quarterfinal. During the match, Djokovic complained about several physical issues but still managed to win.

During a press conference, Roddick - Djokovic's quarterfinal opponent - asked a reporter whether Djokovic had a "back and hip injury, cramps, bird flu, common cold, and SARS as well." A day later, Djokovic defeated Roddick in four sets to advance to the US Open semifinal.

In his on-court interview, Djokovic hit back at Roddick. "I am really happy playing against Roddick on his court and in his city in his favorite tournament, so to win against him is a huge effort. I have nothing against anybody.

Andy was saying that I have 16 injuries in the last match, so obviously I don't, right?" Djokovic said.

Roddick: All good between me and Djokovic

"How serious was your beef with Novak in the late 2000s? I read something about an almost locker room fight," a fan asked Roddick on Twitter.

Roddick answered: "Stuff like that happened a lot in locker rooms in heat of the moment. Wouldn’t have come to blows. Never does. There were heated words. We actually talked it out that same night and have been fine ever since.

We always have a nice hello when we see each other. All good."

Djokovic, 35, is still active, while working has been working as an analyst for Tennis Channel for the past few years.

Speaking about the US Open, there is a chance Djokovic misses out on the tournament. Djokovic hasn't been vaccinated against COVID and if nothing changes, he won't be allowed to enter the country unvaccinated. Djokovic is a three-time champion at the US Open.