A clue that shows Novak Djokovic is playing mind games with Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open

The clue that shows Novak Djokovic is already playing mind games with Stefanos Tsitsipas as the pair look set for a clash in the Australian Open final

  • Djokovic seems to forget that his opponent is in a Grand Slam final
  • The star played in the 2021 French Open final against Stephanos Tsitsipas
  • Fans believe that the Serbian star is playing mind games with Tsitsipas

A casual comment from Novak Djokovic at his press conference after beating Alex de Minaur suggests the Serbian superstar is already playing games with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion appeared to forget that Tsitsipas had ever played in a Grand Slam final, even though the two had met in the 2021 French Open decider in an epic five-set clash.

Novak Djokovic’s casual comment at his press conference after beating Alex de Minaur suggests the Serbian superstar is already playing games with Stefanos Tsitsipas

The 21-time Grand Slam champion seems to have forgotten that Tsitsipas had ever played in a Grand Slam final, even though the two met in the 2021 French Open decider.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion seems to have forgotten that Tsitsipas had ever played in a Grand Slam final, even though the two met in the 2021 French Open decider.

When reminded of the exciting encounter by a journalist, Djokovic suddenly came to his senses.

‘This is true. Sorry my mistake. I wanted to compliment him because he looks ready to fight for the title and the way he’s playing, he’s getting closer and closer,” said the Grand Slam champion.

It was very hard for tennis fans to believe that Djokovic had completely forgotten his battle with the Greek at the French Open.

It was very hard for tennis fans to believe that Djokovic had completely forgotten his battle with the Greek at the French Open (Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic pictured after the final)

It was very hard for tennis fans to believe that Djokovic had completely forgotten his battle with the Greek at the French Open (Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic pictured after the final)

“Mental games, Djokovic is one of the best, if not the best at it. Of course he remembers that final when he was down 2 sets and came back from the dead. He’s messing with Stephanos,” wrote one Twitter user.

“That mental game is top notch. He knows it will dig a hole in Steph’s head if he plays him on Sunday. I love it,” commented another.

Djokovic, who is known as one of the strongest mental athletes in the world, was also accused by Australian tennis great Todd Woodbridge of playing mind games with Nick Kyrgios before the tournament started.

Djokovic, who is known as one of the strongest mental athletes in the world, was also accused by Australian tennis great Todd Woodbridge of playing mind games with Nick Kyrgios before the tournament started

Djokovic, who is known as one of the strongest mental athletes in the world, was also accused by Australian tennis great Todd Woodbridge of playing mind games with Nick Kyrgios before the tournament started

Asked who are the biggest threats in the tournament, the Serbian master did not mention the outspoken Australian, despite Kyrgios leading 2-1 in their head-to-head meetings and recording his best season yet.

Woodbridge explained that he believed Djokovic omitted to mention it on purpose and was trying to get into Kyrgios’ head.

The No.4 seed was generally well received at the Australian Open – but it was clear he was out to destroy de Minaur in his final outing on Monday night.

Speaking to reporters at his post-match press conference, Djokovic felt he had a score to settle.

The No.4 seed was generally well received at the Australian Open - but it was clear he was out to destroy de Minaur in his final match

The No.4 seed was generally well received at the Australian Open – but it was clear he was out to destroy de Minaur in his final match

“I have nothing to do with him,” he said.

“I respect him as a rival, a colleague, as I respect everyone. I have no problem contacting him, greeting him, etc. But I have no other relationship.

“I have no communication with him. He (de Minaur) showed in 2022 what he thinks about me.”

De Minaur said 12 months ago he was tired of Djokovic’s vaccination circus – where the tennis icon was sensationally deported from Australia after refusing to reveal whether he had been stabbed twice.

Djokovic will face Andy Rublev next at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday.

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