Clue shows Novak Djokovic is already playing mind games with Stefanos Tsitsipas as the pair look set for a showdown in the Australian Open final
- Djokovic seems to have forgotten that his opponent has made a grand slam final
- Star played the French Open final against Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2021
- Fans believe the Serb star is playing mind games with Tsitsipas
An offhand comment by Novak Djokovic in his press conference after crushing Alex de Minaur suggests the Serb superstar is already playing with Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 21-time grand slam champion forgot Tsitsipas had ever played in a grand slam final, though the pair met in the 2021 French Open decider in an epic five-set showdown.
A nonsensical comment by Novak Djokovic in his press conference after crushing Alex de Minaur shows that the Serb superstar is playing tricks on Stefanos Tsitsipas
The 21-time grand slam champion seems to have forgotten that Tsitsipas has played in a grand slam final, even though the pair meet in the 2021 French Open decider
When he recalled the thrilling encounter with a journalist, Djokovic suddenly came to his senses.
‘That’s right. Sorry, my bad. I want to praise him because he is someone who looks ready to go for the title, and the way he is playing, he is getting closer and closer,’ said the grand slam champ.
Tennis fans find it hard to believe that Djokovic has completely forgotten about his French Open battle with the Greek.
Tennis fans find it hard to believe that Djokovic completely forgot about his French Open clash with the Greek (Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic pictured after the final)
‘Mental games, Djokovic is one of the best if not the best at that. Of course he remembers that final he was 2 sets down and came back from the dead. He’s messing around with Stefanos,’ wrote a Twitter user.
‘This mind game is peak. He knew it would blow a hole in Stef’s head when he performed on Sunday. Love it,’ commented another.
Djokovic, known as one of the most mentally strong athletes in the world, was also accused by Aussie tennis great Todd Woodbridge of playing mind games with Nick Kyrgios before the tournament began.
Djokovic, known as one of the most mentally strong athletes in the world, was also accused by Aussie tennis great Todd Woodbridge of playing mind games with Nick Kyrgios before the tournament began
When asked who is the biggest threat in the tournament, the Serb master did not mention the outspoken Australian, despite Kyrgios leading 2-1 in their head-to-head encounters and coming off his best season .
Woodbridge explained that he thinks Djokovic neglected to mention him on purpose and was trying to get into Kyrgios’ head.
The No.4 seed was generally well-received at the Australian Open – but he clearly wanted to destroy de Minaur in his final outing on Monday night.
Speaking to reporters at his post-match press conference, Djokovic felt he had a score to settle.
The No.4 seed has generally been well received at the Australian Open – but will obviously want to destroy de Minaur in his final match.
‘I don’t have any relationship with him,’ he said.
‘I respect him as a rival, a colleague, as I respect everyone. I have no problem contacting him, greeting him, etc. But I don’t have any other relationship.
‘I have no communication with him. He (de Minaur) showed in 2022 what he thinks about me.’
De Minaur said 12 months ago he was tired of the Djokovic vaccination circus – which saw the tennis icon sensationally deported from Australia after refusing to reveal whether he had been double jabbed.
Djokovic next faces Andey Rublev at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday.