Novak Djokovic wins second Australian Open! Celebrates by ripping shirt off and throwing into crowd
AUSTRALIAN OPEN: I’m such a big Roger Federer fan that whenever Fed loses at a grand slam event, I find myself kind of down all day. I guess it’s like when a baseball or football fan’s favorite team loses in a big game.
That said, if Federer had to lose in the Australian Open, then at least it was to a player I also like and love to watch play: Novak Djokovic.
The Serbian star, who beat Federer in the semifinals on Thursday, beat Britain’s Andy Murray in the final earlier today 6-4 6-2. 6-3 to win his second Australian Open. He also won the title in 2008.
Novak not only has an exciting game to watch, he also has tons of charisma and will do things like rip his shirt off after a big win which he did today. He threw the shirt in to the crowd then took his shoes off and threw that into the crowd! I was waiting for him to peel off the shorts but it did not happen!
Since 23 out of the previous 25 grand slam tournaments had been won by either Federer or top-ranked Rafael Nadal, Djokovic becomes only the fourth active player in the men’s tennis tour to have won more than one slam. Federer has 16, Nadal has nine and Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt each have two.
“It’s been a fantastic tournament for me,” Djokovic told the press after the match. “I don’t want to fly up to the sky and say, ‘I am the best,’ or whatever. I cannot compare to Rafa and Roger’s success. … Certainly this will give me a lot of motivation for the continuation of the season, because to win a Grand Slam at the start of the season is the best start you can ask for. It means a world to me. I’m still 23. I still have a lot of time to go.”
Despite the big win, Djokovic will remain number three in the world behind Nadal and Federer while Murray will be number four after finishing as Australian Open runner-up for the second consecutive year.
According to Associated Press, Djokovic planned a night of celebrations, something he did long and hard after helping Serbia win its first Davis Cup title at the start of December. Since then, he has knuckled down to work.
“Celebrations are part of the success. I think Davis Cup gave me a strong win in the bag, gave me a lot of confidence, and I was really eager to come back to the court and compete,” he said. “I have been more focused and dedicated to the sport than I have ever been before.”