Friday, 20 April 2012
Djokovic Cries after win, tribute to Grandfather
Novak Djokovic's sheer physical and mental strength saw him defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-6 6-1 6-4 after learning a few hours ago that his grandfather, Vladimir Djokovic, had passed away. His grandfather has played a vital role in setting up Novak's career after building the tennis courts he practiced on before becoming the player he is today. After game, set, match, Djokovic reached out to the sky and wept, and was unable to sign the camera and was unable to take his sports bag off court, where his brother had to help him. In an official statement, ATP said "Novak Djokovic just felt totally exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally... We ask for understanding". Rafael Nadal displayed some affection and sympathy when he found Novak to give him a hug. You can view matchpoint and the reaction later in the video below.