Nick Kyrgios jokes with Novak Djokovic: 'I'm sick of you winning'

Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic had a nice conversation on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday

by Jovica Ilic
Nick Kyrgios jokes with Novak Djokovic: 'I'm sick of you winning'
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Novak Djokovic reached his 11th Australian Open semi-final following a hard-fought 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Taylor Fritz in three hours and 45 minutes at Rod Laver Arena. After a challenging day at the office, Novak could relax a bit during the post-match on-court interview, with Nick Kyrgios chatting to him.

Novak has been visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne for years, having his favorite tree there and gathering energy from being close to it. Nick wanted to know more about that tree, joking about Novak's incredible winning record at Rod Laver Arena and seeking for solutions how to end it.

Kyrgios asked Djokovic to show him that tree, as he wants to return to the competition and beat the Serb at Rod Laver Arena. Novak needed all the skills and energy to overpower Taylor on a warm Melbourne day, battling for almost two and a half hours in the opening two sets before raising his level and leaving the American behind.

The Serb fired 20 aces and produced clinical numbers behind his first serve.

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The defending champion fired 56 winners and 26 unforced errors, needing his A-game against an inspired rival who broke him two times.

Djokovic turned 40% of the return points into four breaks from 21 chances, missing 15 break opportunities in the opening two sets before solving the riddle in the third and fourth. Novak clinched 27 points more than Taylor, trailing a bit in the more advanced exchanges but outplaying the American in the shortest ones up to four strokes.

Djokovic reduced Fritz to 37 service winners and fired nearly 50, creating a massive difference. They needed 84 minutes to complete the opener, with Djokovic missing eight break points and Fritz two set points ahead of the tie break!

Novak missed three break chances in the encounter's first game and lost it following a forehand error after 16 minutes and nine deuces. The defending champion landed an ace in the second game for a hold at love and pushed strong on the return in the next one.

Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios cracked jokes at Rod Laver Arena.

The American faced three break points and denied them with powerful serves, landing another for a hold and a 2-1 advantage. Novak landed a forehand down the line winner in the fourth game, and they served well in the upcoming ones.

Taylor sprayed a forehand error in the ninth game and offered Novak two break chances. The American denied them, keeping the Serb at 0-8 at break points and staying on the positive side. Djokovic served to stay in the set at 5-6 and faced two set points after Fritz's forehand down the line winner.

Novak denied the first with a backhand winner and the second with a powerful serve, introducing a tie break. The Serb landed an ace for 3-0 and endured the extended rally in the fourth point to increase the lead. Novak drew Taylor's mistake at 6-3, seizing the third set point for a massive boost after a grueling 84 minutes.

Fritz did not slow down in the second set, landing 21 winners and taking the pivotal points to level the overall score and add more drama.

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The first break of the match came in the first game after Fritz's volley winner.

The American saved a break point in game two and held for 2-0 with a booming serve. Djokovic defended superbly in the sixth game and created two break points after a prolonged exchange. Fritz saved them with winners and held for a 4-2 advantage.

Taylor struggled again in game eight, giving Novak four break points. The 12th seed denied them with winners, three with a backhand down the line bullets, keeping world no. 1 at 0-15 on break points! Taylor served for the set at 5-4 and made no mistakes, producing a hold at love with a booming serve and leveling the overall score after two hours and 23 minutes!

Djokovic dropped three points behind the initial shot in the third set, keeping the pressure on the other side and finally converting break chances. The Serb grabbed his first break in the second game with a forehand crosscourt winner, moving in front and securing the third game at love with a service winner for 3-0.

They barely lost a point on serve in the next four games, with Djokovic opening a 5-2 advantage. The Serb created three set points on the return in game eight and placed a backhand winner on the first, opening two sets to one lead after three hours and one minute.

Novak kept serving well early in the fourth set and missed a chance to forge the lead after squandering two break chances in the second game. Djokovic held at 15 for 3-2 and created two break chances in the next one after Fritz's loose forehand.

Taylor played another tired forehand, losing serve and pushing Novak 4-2 in front and closer to the finish line. Suddenly, the American pulled the break back in game seven after a lucky net cord forehand winner, returning to the positive side.

However, Fritz could not prolong the battle following another loose service game, losing the power behind the initial shot. Taylor experienced a break at love after a double fault, pushing Novak 5-3 in front and seeing the writings on the wall.

The defending champion served for the victory in game nine and painted a forehand winner to wrap up the victory and advance into the semi-final.

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"I know there is a tree in the Royal Botanical Gardens that you go to, and you hug, and I do not know what you do.

Can you show me which tree it is? I need to get healthy because I'm sick of you winning on this court. I want to come back once and beat you one time. Show me the tree!" Nick Kyrgios said.

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