The sequence is tasty. And the nice room. On Friday evening, the 36-year-old Serb dominated the fiery Ben Shelton (47th) 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) in the semi-finals of the US Open. And when celebrating his victory, Djokovic simply imitated his 20-year-old opponent's celebration. Since the start of the tournament, the American celebrated his victories by mimicking a telephone receiver that he hung up.
So after winning the match point, Djokovic made the same gesture: game over for the newcomer to the circuit, discovered in January when he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for his first outing. the United States.
As a result, the handshake was rather cool. “Everything was fine and then he came back and from there the match could have changed,” said Djokovic, suggesting a little worry which could explain his provocative gesture.
“I love the way he celebrates a victory. I find it very original so I copied it. I stole his celebration,” he quipped with a knowing smile. “As a child, I was always told that imitation was the sincerest form of flattery,” Shelton commented.