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WATCH: Novak Djokovic pays final tribute to Roger Federer, shares light moments with mom at Australian Open

FeaturedSports NewsWATCH: Novak Djokovic pays final tribute to Roger Federer, shares light moments with mom at Australian Open

Produced by Novak Djokovic. A commanding show against Andrey Rublev At the Australian Open, he defeated the Russian 6–1, 6–2, 6–4 to advance to the semifinals, where he would face Tommy Paul. The victory saw him enter the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the 44th time as he continues his pursuit of his 22nd title in Melbourne.

This will be the first meeting between the two and during the post-match interview, Djokovic was asked to share his experience of reaching the semi-finals of a Grand Slam event for the first time. Djokovic accepted the request, saying: “I was lucky to win the semi-finals, but I lost to Roger in the final,” after which the arena erupted into a thunderous roar.

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He then asked the fans to pay tribute to tennis legend Roger Federer. “Let’s give Roger a big round of applause. He deserves it,” said the 21-time Grand Slam winner. .

He also teased Federer with a skiing challenge, which, if it happened, would surely be a blast on social media, given the reputation of the two in the tennis circuit.

“I saw him getting ready for fashion week the other day really fast. I’ve seen him skiing, I want to challenge him to a skiing race in a few years. But he’s enjoying life and Nice to see.

Djokovic also stunned his mother, who was on court, with the epic gesture. “I’d like to say something, today is my physiotherapist’s birthday who isn’t here. He’s headed to the locker room but I want to say happy birthday to him and my mom, which was yesterday.

“So my mom is here. Love you mom!”

Immediately after Djokovic said this, the whole arena started singing Happy Birthday and the Serb joined in the chorus.

Stefanos Tsitsipas will face USA’s Karen Khachanov in the other semi-final.


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