- Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the Australian Open men’s final, and quickly got into the party spirit.
- Djokovic cuddled the trophy during a photo shoot, danced to hip-hop in front of his fans, and sent the press into hysterics during a post-tournament press conference.
- He then delivered a heart-warming monologue, with the trophy, in the winner’s locker room, thanking his fans, his family, and God, for his wild success.
Novak Djokovic obliterated Rafael Nadal in little more than two hours in Sunday’s men’s singles final, winning a record seventh Australian Open title in Melbourne.
With victory, Djokovic won his third successive Grand Slam title, the 15th of his career, and becomes the most successful male athlete in Australian Open history.
For Djokovic, that meant one thing and one thing only — it was time to party.
So the 31-year-old cuddled the Australian Open trophy during a photo-shoot, danced to hip hop in front of his adoring fans, and then sent the press into hysterics during the post-tournament press conference.
The carnival atmosphere unfolded when House of Pain’s smash hit single from 1992, “Jump Around,” started playing. And Djokovic couldn’t help but dance a jig. The jig of a champion.
Watch Djokovic dance right here:
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But the fun did not stop there for Djokovic, as the champion also had time to joke around with journalists at a media event, mimicking the accent of one reporter who talked to him about the wild success he has enjoyed over the years.
Watch Djokovic make the media laugh right here:
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Finally, Djokovic delivered his fans a personal message from the winner’s locker-room.
Here it is:
“So, guys… I want to thank everyone for tremendous support this couple weeks but especially in the last 12 months. They have been quite special, I don’t want to say difficult, but just different from anything I have experienced before in my life, my career. With operation on my elbow exactly 12 months ago. And… four, five months of rediscovering myself on the tennis court, and refinding the confidence of playing to the level I’m at, at the moment. Thank you for believing in me. My family. God, for giving me this opportunity. I’m truly blessed and grateful to be standing here with this trophy. Seven-time. It’s quite amazing. I’m just trying to contemplate everything that has happened. I’ve just gotten off the court two hours ago, did a lot of TV. Just before I go to sleep… it will probably start to kick in. I can’t wait to reunite with my family, and reflect on everything. Thank you once again, I love you all. See you around the world.”
📢 @DjokerNole fans…
— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) January 27, 2019
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