Novak Djokovic warned Stefanos Tsitsipas that he was lucky to escape his fate at the US Open, as the Serb admitted that there are players who know how to get under their opponent's shoes. In the third round of Wimbledon, Kyrgios clearly got inside Tsitsipas's head as he cruised to a 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7) win.
After losing the second set, a frustrated Tsitsipas threw the ball into the crowd, but luckily it didn't hit anyone and the Greek avoided disqualification. As you probably remember, Djokovic was ejected from his 2020 US Open Round of 16 match after hitting a linesman with the ball.
"There are players whose attitude provokes or irritates you," Djokovic said, according to Tennis Majors. "And there are rivals who don't make you feel that way. This is an individual sport, we are all different, and what is good and what is not is relative, because there are different perspectives on everything that has happened in their match".
Djokovic admits that he regrets his incident at the US Open and added that he hopes Tsitsipas will learn from this incident at Wimbledon and react better next time. "What happened to me at the US Open almost happened to Tsitsipas.
He was lucky because he didn't hit anyone directly in the crowd, even though the ball hit the wall and then hit someone in the crowd because he hit the ball very hard," he explained. "I've had that situation before, and I know how frustrating it can be on the pitch.
On the other hand, I'm embarrassed and I always regret it when I make a mistake like that and I apologize to the world because I know that kind of behavior is not appropriate."
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"What happens after Wimbledon is unpredictable, so I don't pay too much attention to it," said Djokovic. "I try to direct my thoughts to here and now, and we'll see what happens later." Nevertheless, an upbeat Djokovic said that despite the 'circumstances', he doesn't feel any extra pressure to excel at the Slams, saying Wimbledon has always been special for him.
"I wouldn't say that I have a completely new motivation due to the circumstances," said Djokovic. "I always feel very motivated to show my best tennis at the Grand Slams, especially here, which is probably the most important tournament in the history of our sport."