Sock Drama: Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka Embrace Hilarious Fashion Exchange

Novak Djokovic joked with Jim Courier after reaching the Australian Open quarter-final

by Jovica Ilic
Sock Drama: Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka Embrace Hilarious Fashion Exchange
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World no. 1 Novak Djokovic is safely through into the last eight at the Australian Open, securing a convincing 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Adrian Mannarino. Novak played his best match of the tournament so far, dominating on serve and return and sprinting into the quarter-final.

In a post-match conversation with Jim Courier, Novak delved into a lighthearted topic: his choice of socks. Reflecting on a recent charity match where he sported an all-blue outfit at Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic revealed that his coach and Aryna Sabalenka did not like the blue socks.

As a result, Novak went back to regular white socks. However, Djokovic humorously mentioned that the blue socks are still tucked away in his bag, ready for a potential fashion statement. Novak was comfortable discussing no-tennis topics after a commanding victory over another veteran.

Adrian reached the fourth round after beating three rivals in five sets. However, he stood no chance against a ten-time Australian Open champion, finding himself 6-0, 6-0 down after 67 minutes.

Novak Djokovic joked about his socks after beating Adrian Mannarino.

Novak slowed down a bit in the third set after rattling off 13 games, breaking Adrian once and setting the clash against Taylor Fritz. Djokovic fired 17 aces and defended three break points in the opening two sets, building a massive advantage after taming the rival's initial shot and taking charge.

The Serb clinched 57% of the return points, preventing the Frenchman from earning free points and stealing his serve seven times from 11 chances. The rain interrupted the warm-up, and they battled under the closed roof at Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic faced two break points in the encounter's first game and saved them with winners. The defending champion seized the third break chance in game two after a volley winner, moving in front and settling into a fine rhythm.

With nothing working his way, Mannarino experienced another break in the fourth game after a backhand error, pushing Djokovic further in front.

unknown© Aryna Sabalenka & Novak Djokovic, Australian Open 2024

Novak held at love in game five and forced the rival's mistake with a deep return at 5-0, securing a bagel in 33 minutes.

Novak broke in the second game of the second set and defended a break point in the next one with an ace for 3-0. Djokovic grabbed his tenth straight game with another break and landed an ace at 4-0 to extend his brilliant run.

Djokovic clinched his sixth break in a row at 5-0, welcoming Mannarino's backhand error for a double bagel. The Serb faced no issues behind the initial shot in the third set, keeping the pressure on the other side. Adrian placed a forehand beyond the baseline in the fourth game, falling 3-1 behind and sending Novak closer to the finish line.

Djokovic forged a 4-1 lead with powerful serves before a left-hander reduced the deficit to 4-2 with a service winner. Novak landed an ace in game seven for a hold at love and 5-2, serving for the victory in game nine. The defending champion produced another hold at love at 5-3, sailing over the top and moving three wins from his 11th Australian Open title.

"My socks were the only piece of clothing my coach and Aryna Sabalenka did not like. They told me I must change the blue ones to white, which I did. However, I have my blue socks in the bag in case for kind of a fashion statement," Novak Djokovic said.

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