Serbian Great Novak Djokovic did double duty against France as he led Team Serbia to a fantastic victory. Djokovic took it upon himself as the leader of the group to ensure that the Serbs cross the line.
The match was not without its own share of drama. In fact, the French used VAR and declared Novak’s smash as foul since his racquet head crossed the net. This saw intense emotions from Djokovic who was frustrated. Novak Djokovic opened up on his emotions after the match and recalled an infamous loss against Rafael Nadal at the French Open 2013.
What Did Novak Djokovic Say?
“It seemed to me at first that it was just at the middle, not our side, not their side”- Novak said about his confusion at the chair umpire’s decision.”
However, the Serb confessed that it was the correct decision. “But then probably the chair umpire, after repeating the video a couple of times, he was right. Probably I did go over to their side a little bit by my racquet.”
In an interesting turn of events, Novak Djokovic revealed the real reason behind his frustration. “It was such an important point and I wanted to win it. I already lost a very important point against Nadal in a very similar way like that in semis of French Open. So, I had a little bit of a deja vu there and I got frustrated”.
Novak was referring to his titanic clash against Rafael Nadal at the 2013 French Open semi finals that stretched over 4 hours. After pulling back the match from a defeat, Novak Djokovic did amateur mistakes in the tiebreaker to concede the victory to Nadal.
Here, he was referring to the error he did when he was serving at 4-3 and missed an easy smash by toppling over the net. A similar incident happened with him while playing the doubles match yesterday.
What’s Next For Team Serbia?
Team Serbia qualified to the quarterfinals with the victory against France. Djokovic looked brutal in his match against Monfils and is expected to carry on the good form.
In the long run, Novak will look to defend his crown at the Australian Open. Again, Rafael Nadal will be the man to beat for him.
Who do you think will turn out on top at the next clash between the two titans?