Novak Djokovic, who was out of the Australian Open last year due to Corona related issues, was allowed to participate in this tournament this time. Now Novak Djokovic has also reached the third round of Australian Open 2023. In the second round, nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic defeated 191st-ranked Enzo Cucaud 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0.
Fourth seed Novak Djokovic will face Grigor Dimitrov in the next round. During the match, some spectators continuously tried to provoke Novak Djokovic, which affected the gameplay of this Serbian player. The situation got heated when Novak Djokovic complained about it to the umpire.
Novak Djokovic can be heard telling the umpire, ‘This man has had too much to drink. He is turning me on from the first point. He’s not here to watch tennis, he just wants to be on my mind, you’ve heard him at least 10 times, I’ve heard him 50 times. What are you going to do about it? Get him out of the stadium.
“The guy’s 🐝 ააადა აააა ააააა ააააა… he’s not here to watch tennis!”
— Eurosport (@eurosport) January 19, 2023
spectators evicted from the stadium
Some spectators were evicted from the stadium at the end of the game on Djokovic’s complaint. Laura Robson supported Djokovic’s complaint. Djokovic was frustrated by the heckling by a section of the crowd, Robson told CNN Sport. I think everyone will be a little disappointed by that level of hacking. In a stadium like Rod Laver’s, you can hear everything when you’re on the court. There isn’t a huge distance between the people in the first few rows and the base line. You can understand the frustration.
Djokovic has 21 Grand Slam titles
Novak Djokovic is currently at number two in terms of winning the most Grand Slams in men’s singles. Djokovic has 21 Grand Slam titles to his name. Rafael Nadal has won 22 Grand Slam titles. Since Nadal has been eliminated from the Australian Open after losing, Djokovic has a golden chance to equal Nadal by winning the 22nd Grand Slam.
Most Grand Slams (Men’s Singles):
1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) – 22 (Australian-2, French-14, Wimbledon-2, US-4)
2. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) – 21 (Australian-9, French-2, Wimbledon-7, US-3)
3. Roger Federer (Switzerland) – 20 (Australian-6, French-1, Wimbledon-8, US-5)
4. Pete Sampras (USA)-14 (Australian-2, French-0, Wimbledon-7, US-5)