One of the negative quotation marks of Novak Djokovic's Australian Open 2023 was what happened to Srdian Djokovic, father of the twenty-two-time Grand Slam title winner. During the matches valid for the quarter-finals of the tournament against Andrey Rublev, the father of the world number one celebrated after the match with photos and chants with Russian fans, fans who had, among other things, praised Putin and their country.
Some of them even wore shirts and clothing that glorified the war, a delicate situation that did not highlight Srdian in the public eye. In the conference, already in the semifinals, Nole clarified that his father is absolutely not in favor of the war but that didn't help and the parties involved preferred to avoid further damage.
Srdjan did not participate in the final, and Nole also talked about this in the post match. Srdjan Djokovic did not attend the final and many were amazed by this decision. In the press conference, the Serbian champion clarified: "We spoke before the match.
I thought things would calm down with the media and everything else but in the end it didn't go like this. We both agreed it would have been better if he wasn't at the match. It hurts a lot, I'm aware that these are unique and special moments and it hasn't been easy for him.
I saw him after the match, he didn't look great but in the end we hugged and I saw that deep down I was sad. For him, the important thing is that I feel good and that I win, if he's in the pits next time it will be even better.
I'm a bit sad that he didn't watch the final but he was there for the rest of the tournament, so that's okay. We all had happy endings."
Nole won the Australian Open
Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open 2023. The Serbian champion returned to the top of the World Ranking and achieved a victory that is worth a lot.
An extraordinary success in the fight against the GOAT, for the tennis player who has won more titles but above all a significant victory after he was excluded from this tournament twelve months ago, affected by the events relating to Covid.
A dominated tournament, with no history, with Djokovic winning by destroying every opponent, until the end, where the Serbian annihilated the Greek Tsitsipas with a clear three sets to zero. The desire for revenge was too strong and Djokovic reacted brilliantly, responding to everything and everyone.