WATCH: Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev Engage in a Funny Interview at Monte Carlo Masters 2021

Published 04/12/2021, 10:43 AM EDT
BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia and Alexander Zverev (R) of Germany pose for a photo prior to the Adria Tour charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic on June 14, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)


World No.1 Novak Djokovic is already a pioneer in asking tough questions to his opponents on the court. But at Monte Carlo Masters 2021, he took it upon himself to interview his good friend Alexander Zverev. It was a funny banter that left both the players laughing.

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Novak Djokovic and Germany’s Alexander Zverev after their group stage match. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Starting off the interview, Djokovic discarded tennis and asked Zverev how he felt ‘deep inside’. Zverev was surprised with the question and thus wondered why Djokovic was interested in the topic.

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“So Sascha, here we are at Rolex Monte Carlo Masters 2021. How do you feel, man? Does anybody ask you how you feel? Just how are you deep inside?” Djokovic asked.

“You are the only one that is asking me. I don’t know, for some reason you’re the only one that is interested, actually. So it’s always very nice to talk to you. But every time we talk, it’s about three hours long, so we will not do this in front of the camera,” Zverev answered.

Novak Djokovic awaits Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals of Monte Carlo Masters 2021

Furthermore, changing the topic, Djokovic asked Zverev about his things of interest other than tennis. Zverev replied, “The Universe” and thus sent both the players into laughter. Later, Zverev revealed it to be an inside joke with Djokovic.

“What are the other subjects that you’re interested in other than tennis? Not particularly with me, but just in general,” Djokovic asked.

“The universe. This is an insider that nobody will understand. How universal this world is in general.”

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As the interview came to a close, Djokovic gave a cheeky exit line, remembering his slated quarterfinal clash against Zverev at Monte Carlo Masters 2021. Djokovic said: “Well, I wish you a stellar universal performance here, all the way to quarters.”

The Monte Carlo Masters 2021 draw puts Djokovic and Zverev on a collision course. Zverev is seeded fifth and could face Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Zverev and Djokovic last faced each other in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2021 where the Serbian emerged victorious in four sets.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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