Novak Djokovic: 'I can't judge the entire crowd for...'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 5616
Novak Djokovic was the last player to qualify for the semifinals of the Australian Open. The former world number 1 has dismissed the Russian Andrey Rublev confirming that he has definitively recovered from the problem with his left hamstring.
The Serbian champion had already shown signs of growth against Alex De Minaur in the previous round, asphalting the poor Australian and reproaching him for the criticisms that had come out of his mouth last year. The next obstacle in Nole's path is the name of Tommy Paul, who made good use of a not impossible segment of the draw to hit his first semifinal in a Major.
It will take him a real feat to prevent the 'Djoker' from playing another final at the Rod Laver Arena. We recall that the 35-year-old from Belgrade is hunting for his tenth victory in Melbourne Park, which would allow him to match Rafael Nadal at 22 Grand Slams.
The winner of the semifinal between Djokovic and Paul will face one between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Karen Khachanov on Sunday.
Djokovic will face Tommy Paul
Novak Djokovic has already had several matches where he has to deal with a fan who crosses the line in his attempt to support his favorite tennis player.
The other day, Nole caused several fans to leave the track after receiving insults and disrespect, and today he had to complain to the chair umpire before another person who did not stop bothering him. "It doesn't stop happening.
There's not much I can say, since they are loose people. I can't judge the entire crowd for one person. Someone today started making comments to me where he was only trying to provoke and insult me. He crossed the line. It's neither the first or second time it happens and I only asked the chair umpire to act.
After that, I saw that he started to support Rublev. He didn't make any more bad comments until the end", explained the Serb at a press conference. Novak Djokovic has thrown down the gauntlet to the three remaining players in the Australian Open draw.
"With this kind of game, of course the confidence level rises, considering, as you mentioned, the circumstances. I feel good on the court, better and better as the tournament progresses. I've been in this situation in so many times in my life, in my career, never lost a semifinals in Australian Open. Hopefully that will stay the same."