After winning his eighth Australian Open, the Serbian was excited to remember his friend Kobe Bryant and said that Melbourne is his favorite track
Great dominator in Australia, with eight wins, Novak Djokovic wanted to praise Dominic Thiem Just pick up your trophy. The tennis player predicted the success in a great Austrian, the 10th rival in the Melbourne final.
“I would like to start congratulating Dominic for having starred in an incredible tournament. Today's game has been impressive and you have been very close to being able to win today. I am sure that soon you will have more chances in your career and that win more than one Grand Slam trophy“sure Nole.
“I also want to address the Dominic team and family because they are extraordinary people, always showing a lot of respect towards my team and towards me. I would like to thank my team. My brother is here. Thank you for coming to Australia for a time of fraternal quality and I hope you enjoyed it, “jokes a Djokovic who returns to number one of the ATP.
“As Dominic was saying, devastating things have happened to start 2020, with huge fires here in Australia … with conflicts in many parts of the world, people die every day,” he reflected before getting excited remembering Kobe Bryant. “And obviously a single dead person is not the same. But this was very close, important in my life and was a mentor to me; Kobe Bryant also passed away with her daughter and I would just like to say that this is a reminder to all of us that we should be together more than ever.“.
“Stay with the families, stay close to the people who love and care for you,” continued his emotional speech. “Of course, in professional sports we compete and try our best, but obviously there are more important things in life. It is important to be aware and humble about everything that happens around us“add.
“I would like to thank all the people who have come again every day, the last two weeks, to support each tennis player in singles, in doubles, in the wheelchair tournament … And in the ball bouncers, who did a tremendous work, “he continued in his speech. “There are so many people in the organization that we don't have all night to thank everyone. But you place this impressive tournament in a high standard for other tournaments in the world. Without a doubt, this is my favorite track and my favorite stadium in the world“concluded Djokovic.
“Novak, Rafa and Roger have brought tennis to another level”
For his part, Thiem said he does not regret anything and that the crash was decided by small details. “Novak is one of the three biggest players in this sport. If there is anything I can blame, it is, perhaps, not having taken the lead of the game during the fourth set“he said after losing his third Grand Slam final.
“Novak, Rafa and Roger have brought tennis to another level. I know that if I had been in another time it would have been easier to achieve success, but I am happy to play against them because it means more, “he said after becoming the player without any Grand Slam in having fallen more times to the title port.” It is something unique that has coincided at the same time, that makes for the rest is very difficult to get something big because it means you have to win at least two of them to succeed, “he explained.
“It was a great game, I was close. I keep the way I kept my level during the two weeks with games as hard as Nadal, Zverev or tonight. It gives me a lot of confidence in the face of the next Grand Slam“zanj.
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