Friday 18 August 2017

Exclusive: Even in defeat, Novak Djokovic proves he is a class act

Andy Murray with Novak Djokovic after the final. Photo: Reuters
Andy Murray with Novak Djokovic after the final. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Even after a desperate defeat against Andy Murray in the ATP World Tour finals on Sunday night, dethroned world No.1 Novak Djokovic confirmed he was a gentleman with a classy touch in his post match press conference.

Djokovic lost 6-3 6-4 to home favourite Murray, with the result confirming the Brit would finish the year at the top of the tennis rankings ahead of his great rival for the first time.

Yet 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic served up a classy display in the press conference as first he heaped praise on Murray and his wife Kim, as he hailed his achievement of secure the prestigious world No.1 ranking.

“Behind every good man is a good woman and while I praise Andy for his incredible achievement, his wife deserves some credit as well,” said Djokovic.

“She gave birth this year. He has travelled all over the place and she has looked after their little girl. I know how it is with my wife Jelena, what she had to go through as a mother back home with a little baby.

“So, Kim, well done. She’s maybe made even a bigger effort than Andy!”

The Serbian then turned his attention to the media and while we often see football stars clashing with the press, tennis stars have a slightly different temperament and he confirmed as much by continuing his annual tradition to give an end of season treat to reporters.

Two plates of expensive truffles were handed around the press room at the 02 Arena, with the welcome recipients grateful for the gesture.

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