After Battling New York’s Scorching Heat, Novak Djokovic Brings Out the Party Boy in Him With an Energized Version of ‘Beastie Boys’ Iconic Hit

Published 09/05/2023, 6:06 PM EDT

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In the heart of New York City, under the scorching sun, Novak Djokovic wasn’t just a tennis champion; he became the party animal of the US Open 2023. His sensational victory against Taylor Fritz in the Quarter Finals left the crowd in awe, but it was the unexpected moment that followed that truly set the stadium on fire.

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With a scoreline of 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, Djokovic displayed his unwavering determination, extending his remarkable winning streak against American opponents to an astonishing 30 matches. But beyond this impressive victory lay a surprise that would electrify the stadium and resonate far beyond the tennis court.

Novak Djokovic delivers a surprising encore amidst sweltering conditions

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In the midst of the scorching conditions on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Djokovic took everyone by surprise as he broke into song after defeating Fritz. He treated the US Open crowd to an energized rendition of the famous Beastie Boys song, “Fight For Your Right.” With a big smile on his face, Djokovic sang the lyrics, “You gotta fight. For your right. To PAAAARTY!” The fans in the stadium roared with delight, savoring spontaneous moment of celebration.

Reflecting on the challenging conditions during play, Djokovic remarked, “I am drenched in sweat and I saw Taylor change his shirt a couple of times. It was very humid conditions. Difficult to play for both players. But it is the same for both players, and that is why we train. To try and get ourselves in the best possible condition to deliver. It is not easy, but you have to fight.”

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Djokovic’s ability to adapt to the weather, along with his relentless pursuit of victory, allowed him to break Fritz’s serve a whopping six times. He ruthlessly capitalized on Fritz’s lower first-serve accuracy of 55 percent to turn the tide of the game. Djokovic’s precision and powerful shots in the match were exceptional, and the game lasted for a grueling two hours and 34 minutes. This victory marked his tenth consecutive win, following his impressive 39th ATP Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati last month.

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Djokovic’s dominance in the NYC heat

Despite battling the humidity, Djokovic maintained his composure, using ice towels and salts during changeovers to stay in top form. The Serb’s characteristic resilience shone through the match as he made it to his 47th Grand Slam semi-final, beating Roger Federer’s iconic record.

“I like the energy and the atmosphere on the court here,” Djokovic shared. “I thrive on that energy, whatever the energy is, use it as fuel to try and play my best tennis. I have been playing on this court for so many years, so many epic matches. I can’t wait for another one in a few days’ time,” as reported by ATP.

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Novak Djokovic’s impressive performance, both on and off the court, at the US Open 2023 continues to capture the hearts of fans worldwide. As he furthers his bid for a record-breaking 24 Grand Slams, he remains unstoppable, yet.

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Ansh Tandon

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Ansh Tandon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Ansh received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has been working in content creation for 2+ years. Before Ansh stepped into sports journalism, he was a professional tennis player, honing his skills in national level tournaments for the past 12 years as an active AITA athlete.
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