Roger Federer-Backed Ben Shelton Visibly Pissed at ‘Villain’ Novak Djokovic for Ruthless Act as ‘Revenge’ Demand Raised in Heated US Open Scenes

Published 09/08/2023, 7:39 PM EDT

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In the world of professional tennis, where players battle it out with their skills and strategies, even a small action can create big excitement. At this year’s US Open, there was a thrilling match between a young tennis star backed by Roger Federer and the formidable Novak Djokovic. But what got everyone talking wasn’t just the powerful serves and precise shots: it was a cold gesture that Djokovic made right after his win.

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What happened next was a rush of feelings, curiosity, and a strong desire for payback, and of course a flurry of fan reactions on twitter, all in the hot New York sunshine.

Fans mince no words after Shelton’s ‘death stare’ at Djokovic


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Ben Shelton had earned his own moment in the spotlight with a distinctive celebration earlier in the tournament. After his quarter-final victory over Frances Tiafoe, he mimicked answering a call and putting the handset down: a playful way of showing he was “dialled in” to the game.

But Djokovic, being Djokovic, did a similar gesture after his straight sets victory against Ben Shelton. When Djokovic copied Shelton’s celebration after winning his match, many saw it as a way of telling the young player that he still had a lot to learn.


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The real drama unfolded after Djokovic’s cheeky gesture. Ben Shelton, visibly displeased, shot a “death stare” at his opponent, setting off a chain reaction on Twitter.

One fan pointed out, “Ben really said ‘if I have to shake his hand (because this is a dumb sport), I’m making sure he knows how I feel about it.'”

Another chimed in, “He looks like he wants to fight him.”

“Hahaha for sure Ben Shelton revenge arc soon,” a fan speculated.

The sentiment was clear as another fan noted, “Oh, he was PISSED.”

Some even appreciated the spark, saying, “This is what I wanna see! These twinks have too much respect for their elders sometimes…”

And, in a lighter tone, a user humorously quipped, “New phone who dis?”

A fan added to the narrative, “Oh Damn. I can see the anger on Ben’s face”

Another fan quipped, “Sure looks like little Ben can dish it out but not take it”


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As the US Open reaches its final few days, the competition between young and experienced players, like Shelton and Djokovic, promises more excitement. The Djokovic-Shelton match has made fans even more excited about the tournament. With this win, Novak Djokovic has now made it to the finals of all 4 slams this year.

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Who do you think will face the Djoker in the finals? Alcaraz or Medvedev? Let us know in the comments.

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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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Bhavani Singh




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