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Young fan has amazing reaction after getting racket from Novak Djokovic

Young fan has amazing reaction after getting racket from Novak Djokovic

Djokovic explained the boy had been shouting encouragement even when he faced a two-set deficit during Sunday’s French Open final.

Editor’s note: The attached video is from April 2020 about how Novak Djokovic kept up tennis skills around the house during pandemic lockdowns. 

Moments after winning the French Open final, Novak Djokovic gave his racket to a young boy who had been giving him very vocal support and advice throughout Sunday’s match.

Moments after Djokovic rallied to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets, he gave his racket to the youngster in the stands, who jumped up and down in excitement and seemed genuinely shocked by the gesture. 

Djokovic later explained in a press conference that the boy had been shouting encouragement even when he faced a two-set deficit, and even had coaching tips.

“I don’t know the boy, but he was in my ear the entire match, basically, especially when I was two sets to love down, he was encouraging me,” Djokovic described. 

“I found that very cute and very nice,” Djokovic said. “To give the racket to the best person was him. That was my gratitude for him sticking with me.”

Djokovic became one of three men — alongside Rod Laver and Roy Emerson — to have won each major twice. As the reigning champion at the Australian Open and French Open, he heads to Wimbledon, which starts June 28, eyeing another rare achievement: He is halfway to joining Laver and Don Budge as the only men with a calendar-year Grand Slam.

The 34-year-old Djokovic eliminated 13-time French Open champion Nadal — a challenge the Serb likened to scaling Mt. Everest — in a semifinal that lasted more than four hours Friday night.

That was only Nadal’s third loss in 108 matches at the clay-court major tournament.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev slams racket

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev slams racket

Surface tension boiled over for Daniil Medvedev as the world number three admitted he dd not want to play on clay in an outburst at the Madrid Open – only to make a mockery of his predicament by reaching the round of 16.

Aggravated Medvedev, who had never won at the tournament but advanced from the first round courtesy of a bye, must have feared the worst as he lost the first set 6-4 to Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The Russian contender smashed his racket on the floor and could be heard exclaiming “I don’t want to play here on this surface” during one change of ends, before battling back commendably to secure his first career win at the Madrid Open.

After advancing 4-6 6-4 6-2 in little over two hours, Medvedev was able to celebrate a landmark victory, cheekily signing a TV camera “love clay” following his first win on the surface he clearly detests since April 2019.

His eventful day continued in the doubles, where he departed with partner Marcelo Demoliner at the round of 16 stage after losing a decisive tie-break.

Should he find a taste for clay and spring a surprise by clinching the Madrid title, Medvedev could dethrone Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings should he also reach the semifinals in Rome alongside favorable results elsewhere.

That would also require him to win for the first time in the tournament in Italy, which would give him the ideal springboard for the French Open at the end of the month.

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