Novak Djokovic reveals emotional ache after his father misses Australian Open remaining victory


Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic admits it was emotionally robust not having his father in his courtside field throughout Sunday evening’s remaining.

Srdjan Djokovic didn’t be part of relations and his son’s assist group for the match at Rod Laver Enviornment.

His absence got here after final week’s well-publicised incident through which he was filmed standing with a gaggle displaying a banned Russian flag that was superimposed with Vladimir Putin’s face.

He additionally selected to miss Friday evening’s semifinal.

Djokovic stated it was determined that his father wouldn’t attend the ultimate, to keep away from additional media protection, regardless of Australian Open organisers giving permission.

Within the remaining, Djokovic defeated third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his tenth Australian Open — and a record-equalling twenty second main — in addition to reclaim prime spot on the world rankings.

The Serb stated he was upset his father was not in his courtside field.

Novak Djokovic’s courtside field had an empty seat resulting from his father’s absence.(AAP: Lukas Coch)

“I assumed the issues will settle down by way of media and every thing, however it did not,” Djokovic informed reporters at Melbourne Park.

“We each agreed it will in all probability be higher that he’s not there.

“That hurts me, and him, quite a bit as a result of these are very particular, distinctive moments. Who is aware of in the event that they repeat once more.

“So, it was not simple for him.”

The emotion Djokovic stated he skilled resulting from his father’s absence — and the importance of what he had simply achieved on court docket — was clear to see after he sealed his win.

Djokovic climbed into his courtside field to rejoice with his mom, Dijana, and one in all his brothers, in addition to coach Goran Ivanišević and different members of his assist group.

Novak Djokovic celebrates with his support team after winning the Australian Open men's singles title.
Novak Djokovic celebrated along with his assist group after clinching victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas.(Getty Pictures: Lintao Zhang)

Throughout the animated celebrations, Djokovic collapsed, sobbing, earlier than returning to the court docket for the presentation ceremony.


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