Did you call me a veteran? Djokovic jokes after passing Shapovalov test at Australian Open

first_imgTop seed Novak Djokovic expressed surprise after he was addressed as a veteran by the presenter at Australian Open during an on-court interview after a third-round win over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.Djokovic was asked what he thinks of the newer generation of players and the challenges they have been offering himself and his nemesis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal over the last few years. Before replying to the question, the defending champion paused and asked the presenter if he really thought he was one among the veterans of the sport.Djokovic’s response cracked up the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena. Here’s an exact of his on-court interview after the third-round win over Shapovalov.Presenter: What was fun to watch though is to see you a veteran, one of our (Australian Open) all-time greats dealing with these new generation players. It’s a really fun time in tennis because we have you, Roger and Rafa still playing so well. But this young fun generation that Denis is part of, Alex Demeanor who played Rafa last night, Tsitsipas who is playing Federer. There are so many interesting players, including your next opponent Daniil Medvedev. What’s it like for you to see the new wave of tennis players and the challenges they present?Djokovic: Wait Did you call me a veteran?Presenter: I think you are a veteran, you have won 14 majors, you have got to be on the tour for a while to be able to do that.Djokovic: I think you mentioned all the names… the players that are led by probably Sascha Zverev, who is 21 but he has established himself as one of the top three-four players, won some major tournaments recently. It’s great to see new faces, young players challenging the best players in the world, coming out with confidence, I salute that.advertisementHey, have you met @DjokerNole the “veteran”? #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/suCycI3LRC#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Djokovic had regained his composure after a third-set meltdown to stave off the challenge of Shapovalov and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0 victory earlier in the day.The 14-time Grand Slam winner stamped his authority early on by breaking the 19-year-old’s serve three times and converted his only break point opportunity in the second set while leading 5-4 to take a 2-0 lead.The 31-year-old lost his cool in the third set, however, after his request to turn off the artificial lights was ignored and he muttered to himself angrily and before losing two consecutive break of serves to concede the set.The Serb let out his frustration with a huge roar when he broke Shapovalov early in the fourth, though, and romped through the rest of the set to remain on course for an unprecedented seventh title at Melbourne Park.Djokovic also had a word of praise for Canadian teenager, Shapovalov: “Denis has played well, towards the end of the third set and I made some unforced errors. Got him back into the match. Definitely, he is going to be one of the players whom we’re going to see a lot in the future.”Also Read | When legends meet: Virat Kohli posts priceless photo with Roger Federer at Australian OpenAlso Read | You did amazing, don’t cry: Serena Williams consoles teary-eyed Dayana YastremskaAlso Read | Australian Open: Naomi Osaka battles past Hsieh Su-wei in 3 sets to reach quarterfinalsAlso See:last_img

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