LOOK. The gentleman in Djokovic: number one breaks interview to comfort crying opponent | Tennis


The gentleman in Novak Djokovic (36). The number one in the world consoled losing finalist Grigor Dimitrov (32) after his 40th (!) final victory in a Masters 1,000 tournament. Two old age blankets with a lot of mutual respect between each other. It produced beautiful images. “We both belong to the over-30s club. It is a pleasure to share a job with you.”

LOOK. Djokovic wins 40th (!) Masters 1,000 tournament

Novak Djokovic (ATP 1) won the final with two sets against Grigor Dimitrov (ATP 17). Djokovic broke through the Bulgarian’s serve at 3-3 in the first set. In the second set, the Serb stole his opponent’s service game at 2-2, only to repeat that again at 5-3. The match lasted 1 hour and 39 minutes.

Dimitrov clearly expected more from his final. Because after the match he started sobbing into a towel on his bench. Djokovic was giving an on-court interview at the time. Until he saw his opponent’s tears. Djokovic interrupted the interview and approached Dimitrov for a comforting hug.

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Afterwards he also said: “I’m sorry that this is the result, Grigor. “It’s never easy to lose a final. I want to encourage you to stay strong. And to keep going. This week, but also in recent months, you have played the best tennis of your career. Congratulations to your team and family. We have a past together. We both belong to the over-30s club. It is a pleasure to share a job with you.”

It is the seventh overall victory for Djokovic in Paris. He was already the best in the French capital in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2021. He now has 97 ATP titles, including 40 Masters 1,000 trophies, to his name.

Dimitrov won eight ATP tournaments in his career. The last overall victory dates back to 2017. Then he defeated David Goffin in the final of the ATP Finals.

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