Novak Djokovic criticized for ugly behavior at the Australian Open: ‘Take him away again’
Radio host Neil Mitchell has called for Novak Djokovic to be deported again over ‘disgraceful’ remarks he made After defeating Australian superstar Alex de Minor In the Australian Open. On Wednesday evening, the 21-time Grand Slam champion advanced to the semi-finals after defeating Andrei Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Djokovic is unbeaten in his last 39 matches In Australia, since 2018. He will now face Tommy Paul in the fourth round after the American He beat compatriot Ben Chilton 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 5-7 6-4. No world number 35 had ever been above a fourth-round Grand Slam.
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The conversation before Djokovic’s clash with Rubev revolved around the Serbian star’s comments about De Minaur. Djokovic eliminated the Australian from court on Monday night in a 6-2 6-1 6-2 defeat in the fourth round.
But Djokovic and De Minaur’s frosty relationship came to light after the match, with Djokovic hinting that the pair did not like each other. speaking in serbian language, Djokovic referred to the comments made by De Minaur about him in 2022 when he was critical of his stance on vaccination.
Djokovic has been infamously carried over from the country prior to last year’s Australian Open when his visa was revoked due to his vaccination status. De Minaur said at the time that Djokovic “has shone a lot more light on us than the competition”.
“Look, Australians have been through a lot. There’s no secret about it. It’s been very difficult. They’ve done a lot of work to protect themselves and their borders.
“When you come in, like every other tennis player, if you want to come into the country, you have to get a double vaccination. It was up to him, his choices, his judgment. We’re here.”
On Monday night, Djokovic said of De Minaur: “I respect him as a competitor, a colleague, and I respect everyone. I have no problem calling him, congratulating him, etc. But I have no other relationship. About Me “.
On Wednesday morning, Mitchell blasted Djokovic for his remarks after his win over De Minaur. The 3AW radio host said: “(From) what I was reading, Novak Djokovic could be flawed.
“Novak Djokovic… I don’t really care about tennis but hope he doesn’t win. In Serbian, he gave Alex de Minaur a real splash after the match because de Minaur had tried a bit a year earlier when he was banned and then deported.
And Novak Djokovic clearly held a grudge and was determined to erase him from the court, which he did. But then he was very blunt in his victory and a foreign tongue.
“So he doesn’t think he’s going back to Australia? She’s back in Australia.” “He should be deported again,” Mitchell added with a laugh, “deport him for being so ungenerous.”
Alex De Minor questions Novak Djokovic’s injury
In his own fiery press conference, De Minor also seemed to wonder The severity of the hamstring injury that Djokovic has been dealing with throughout the Australian Open. In his on-court interview, Djokovic said he didn’t feel the injury at all against Djokovic.
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” De Minaur said when asked about theories that Djokovic might be “faking” the injury. “His game, I thought he was moving well, so… I don’t know.
“Look, I don’t know. I think everyone’s kind of seeing what’s been going on for the last couple of weeks. It’s the one thing everyone’s been talking about.”
“Today I was there in court against him. Either I’m not a good enough tennis player to debunk it, or… it just seemed right to me. He was very good in all aspects.”
Djokovic said he first picked up the injury at the Adelaide International Stadium against Daniil Medvedev. He’s been wearing heavy hamstring straps during the Australian Open.
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