Novak Djokovic reveals the boring thought of how he will celebrate his record 10th Australian Open win
- Novak Djokovic didn’t party with his team after Sunday’s match
- Media commitments and drug testing ensured a very late night
- The World no.1 has promised to celebrate with entourage in Europe
Novak Djokovic had every reason to let his hair down after winning a record 10th Australian Open crown on Sunday – but the Serbian superstar’s celebrations didn’t exactly match the scale of his victory.
A clinical 6-3 7-6 7-6 victory over third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas earned Djokovic his 22nd career Grand Slam – level with Rafael Nadal – and certainly warranted some celebratory drinks with his entourage.
Instead, the polarizing 35-year-old – who was infamously deported from Melbourne 12 months ago after failing to disclose his vaccination status – will have to contend with media commitments and doping controls instead have a party
‘It was a long night, but of course a big relief after the match,’ Djokovic said on Monday.
‘Finishing a tournament and the whole journey here in Australia with a grand slam win is always incredibly satisfying.
‘I owe all the success to my team members, my family … (after) going through some challenging times in the last three or four weeks.
‘I didn’t get a chance to really celebrate like I wanted to, I think that will come in Europe when I get back.’
Novak Djokovic had every reason to let his hair down after winning a record 10th Australian Open on Sunday – but the Serbian superstar didn’t celebrate accordingly.
Media commitments and doping control ensured the 35-year-old did not leave Melbourne Park until around 3am on Monday morning.
Djokovic was exiled from Australia 12 months ago after a row over his vaccination status – but had the last laugh on Sunday night
Djokovic is now world no.1 again – and after almost three hours on court against Tsitsipas and a very testing fortnight, he let his emotions out.
His ‘serious’ hamstring injury was repeatedly questioned, and then his father Srdjan made international headlines after posing for a photo with Russian demonstrators.
Most people also want Tsitsipas to capture his maiden Slam.
But as he often does, Djokovic silenced the haters and delivered when it mattered.
Moments after the match point, he climbed into his players’ box to congratulate the likes of his coach Goran Ivanišević before collapsing, crying tears of unbridled joy.
Djokovic then returned to his seat courtside where he buried his head and groaned as the enormity of his achievement began to sink in.
He won his first title at Melbourne Park aged just 20 in 2008 – and will again be one of the favorites next January if injury does not prevent him.