'You always feel like Novak Djokovic's overplaying', says expert
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 6519
Novak Djokovic's triumph at the 2023 Australian Open surprised no one. The Serbian was the big favorite to win in Melbourne, even more so after last year's events. The 35-year-old from Belgrade, who had been expelled from the country in 2022 due to his vaccination status, wanted to take his revenge in this edition and fully succeeded in his intent.
Nole dropped just one set during the tournament and dominated far and wide, despite a left hamstring injury. The three-set victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final allowed him to lift his 22nd Grand Slam and return to the top of the ATP rankings, ousting Carlos Alcaraz from the throne.
Goran Ivanisevic's protégé got emotional and burst into tears when he went to hug his team members, a testament to how much he wanted to do well in this tournament. In the latest edition of the 'Sans Filet' show, Benoit Maylin highlighted how Djokovic conveys mixed sensations to the audience who watch him.
Benoît Maylin opens up on Djokovic
"What's strange is this side: 'I'm collapsing in the stands' You always feel like he's overplaying. And afterwards, he arrives with his jacket embroidered with the number 22. So you tell yourself that he still anticipated.
This is always the image of Novak Djokovic. You always feel like it's wrong. That's what's crazy and why there are so many people who don't like it. Because you feel like it's all over. While he has the right to be like that the guy.
We can't understand," said the journalist. Following his historic Australian Open title win, Novak Djokovic revealed the tournament he always dreamed of winning as a child. "When I was eight, I was in my room, in Belgrade Serbia, where I'm from, and I was making the improvised Wimbledon trophy out of the materials that I had in the room.
I was making like a little toy and I had a game with myself and I was looking in the mirror, holding this trophy and saying that I will be a Wimbledon champion one day. So, that was the tournament I always dreamt of winning," he revealed.
"This has been one of the most challenging tournaments in my life, considering what happened last year. There is a reason why I’ve played my best tennis in Australia. I try to pinch myself and live through these moments. This is probably the biggest victory of my life, considering the circumstances," he said.