Australian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic gives Frances Tiafoe verdict after difficult win
Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios reacts to Bourchier win
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Novak Djokovic has praised Frences Tiafoe after his victory over the American at the Australian Open on Wednesday morning. The Serb had to dig in to get the better of the 23-year-old. And he’ll now face Taylor Fritz in the third round.
Djokovic won 6-3, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3 on Wednesday morning.
And, speaking in the aftermath of the contest, the Serb praised his American opponent for the way he handled himself throughout the contest.
“Honestly, it’s like ice out there,” Djokovic said.
“I don’t know what they’ve done but the speed of the court has been the fastest in the last 15 years – the fastest I’ve ever experienced here at the Australian Open.
“I don’t know what the reason for that but it keeps getting faster and faster. You need to serve well, if you don’t, if you’re playing against someone that is solid, it’s tough to win matches on this court.
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“I enjoy the fight. He gave his all. He was really playing at a very high level. He was not making unforced errors.
“He was just so solid. I couldn’t penetrate through that backhand corner. I had to change the pattern of play and I honestly wasn’t happy the way I played in the second and third (sets).
“I was passive and didn’t really feel great on the court, but I think the serve was getting me out of trouble. Credit to him, he played really well.”
Tiafoe cut an angry figure at times, especially with regards to the electronic line calling.
He was overheard swearing on the court and he admitted he was appalled by his own behaviour.
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“Sorry, for my language, it was f****** horrible,” he said.
“I hate it. I cannot stand it.
“But, like, I mean, there was a game today where I hit like… Novak was even laughing one time, he just served like well long, and I said, Good joke. He’s laughing.
“There was one body serve I hit big at him before the line and he misses it, and we come into a complicated game.
“Yeah, it’s a lot. I mean, it’s gonna take a while to get used to, I guess, if they keep carrying on with it. But, I mean, I’m not a fan.”
He then continued: “It’s technology, right? It’s gonna make mistakes.
“That’s just a fact. How sometimes we hit the side of the net and they are saying out.
“I played my first round, it was like 2-All or something. I hit a serve, I have a ball on top of the net. Out of nowhere, the electronic calling is screaming, Stop.
“What is that? And then I end up losing the game.
“Okay, that’s a problem. Sorry, malfunction. Well, thousands and thousands of dollars, malfunction?
“So things like that, I’m just not a fan for it. I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan. It is what it is.
“I think there will be misses. Things are happening so fast. I get technology is at a crazy high level. I’m just not a believer in it. That’s just kind of what it is.
“They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do. It doesn’t matter what I say. They’re not gonna change anything because Frances Tiafoe said it. I’m never gonna be for it.”
Meanwhile, Mats Wilander thinks Djokovic is trying to end his feud with Nick Kyrgios.
“I think Novak is trying to end it because I don’t think he is enjoying it,” he said.
“He is trying to win his ninth Australian Open, he’s in the chase to be the greatest player of all time.
“He doesn’t have time and he doesn’t want to waste energy. On the other hand, I think you see Nick Kyrgios quite enjoying it.
“I also think it’s a little bit of a different generation and social media has become a huge part of it. It seems Nick is enjoying it, and Novak wants an end.”
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