Djokovic Opens Up on Court Struggles and Fan Confrontation on Australian Open

Novak did not feel the best on the court, and he himself confirmed this at the press conference

by Sededin Dedovic
Djokovic Opens Up on Court Struggles and Fan Confrontation on Australian Open
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Novak Djokovic triumphed against Aleksey Popirin yesterday, securing a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 victory at the Australian Open. This was Djokovic's 30th consecutive victory at the tournament, but the Serbian tennis maestro openly admitted that he has not been feeling well on the court lately.

In a post-match press conference, Djokovic acknowledged his struggles, saying: "I haven't played or felt good for the last week. The tennis I'm playing and the mistakes I'm making are frustrating. It's a sport, you can't always play your best.

" Despite the challenges, Djokovic managed to keep his composure, demonstrating his mental strength in a highly uncertain match. In the midst of a fierce contest, Djokovic faced an unusual incident during the fourth set when he called for a fan to come onto the court to deal with the issue.

Reflecting on the incident, Djokovic revealed: "They told me a lot of things, especially from that angle. And from the other side. I tolerated them for most of the match, but at one point I told them if he wanted to come down.

and they told me that in the face." Referring to the issue of fan interaction, Djokovic admitted: "Yes, it bothers me. I'm not going to sit back and say everything is fine. I have to accept that. Sometimes I don't tolerate when someone crosses the line.

" He emphasized the importance of drawing the line when necessary, even if it means calling the fans on the field for a face-to-face confrontation. He added that he knows he has a big influence on the youth and children, but he simply has to defend his pride.

Looking to the third round, Djokovic will face Argentina's Tomas Echeverri. Despite not having seen Echeverri play recently, Djokovic acknowledged his opponent's recent wins over Monfils and Murray, saying: "Comfortable. I'll have to do my homework.

He's playing the tennis of his life." Djokovic shared his affinity for spending time in the botanical garden, revealing a special connection with a certain tree. "There's one tree that I've had a special relationship with for the last 15 years.

Melbourne has such a great park in the center of the city, but that particular tree, I can't say which one it is. I try to keep it to myself. I connected with it, I love him root and tree and all."

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