Novak Djokovic shares his pride: "I made more aces than Fritz, it's impressive!"



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Novak Djokovic shares his pride: "I made more aces than Fritz, it's impressive!"
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Novak Djokovic is moving step by step towards his 25th Slam, which would be his 11th Australian Open title. The Serbian champion beat the American Taylor Fritz in four sets, in what was a complicated match in the first two sets. After the initial scare, Djokovic dominated his opponent in the 3rd and 4th sets, obtaining his 700th victory.

In the post-match press conference Nole analyzed the match, explaining what happened in the first two sets. It should be remembered that the Serbian played in the day time session in truly difficult weather conditions, under a powerful heat wave.

"It's true, I suffered in the first two sets but after that I managed to find my way. It was a pretty warm day today, obviously we played the first 16 minute game and it really took a lot out of me, the first set was very close and in some ways it was exhausting. He started very aggressively, put me in trouble and served great. I was late and he was pressuring me, it was clear that he had a very clear plan.

It was a big fight and playing in the first two sets, then I think in the third set and the fourth set things went better. I started to feel better on the court and serving, things improved after the first two sets. I made more aces than him and it's a sensational thing, he has one of the best serves on the Tour, and this really helped me a lot. I'm happy with how my first two sets went."

Novak Djokovic, Australian Open 2024
Novak Djokovic, Australian Open 2024© Phil Walter / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

Djokovic then talked about the semi-final and the advantage he could gain, considering how the match between Jannik Sinner and Andrey Rublev lasted a long time, expressing on the particular schedule of the Melbourne Major.

"We have two days and I think it's not a big advantage. We will play the semi-finals on Friday, there is all the time possible and tonight whoever wins has time to recover. Programming is always an issue, we have talked about it several times and even a few games ago.

We cannot give a clear answer on this, it is up to the organizers of the Grand Slam and the ATP Tour to make sure that all male and female tennis players feel adequately and not necessarily everyone does.

The ATP Tour invented this rule change but this concerns the ATP and not the Slams which have separate rules. Unfortunately we have to take all this into consideration and today obviously this structure has created problems for Sinner and Rublev, I'm sure they won't be happy in any case. They could even start at midnight, the only good thing is that we will have two days of rest. It happened to me too and eventually there will be time to recover," he told.

Djokovic mocks Kyrgios

A funny moment came in the pos-match interview on the Rod Laver Arena, with Nick Kyrgios. Djokovic amused the crowd by saying: "Sinner is playing probably his best tennis, he had a great end to the season. We played a couple of times in Turin and once in the Davis Cup. I expect him to always play at the highest level, but I'll tell you, I'll get you some popcorn, so you and I can relax on the couch and enjoy the match between Sinner and Andrey Rublev!" 

During the match, Djokovic blew kisses towards Nick Kyrgios, who was commentating Nole's match live for Eurosport.

Kyrgios and Djokovic
Kyrgios and Djokovic© Daniel Pockett / Stringer Gettyn Images Sport
 
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