Djokovic interrupts game and confronts fan

On Wednesday (17), Novak Djokovic confronted a fan during his match against Australian Alexei Popyrin in the second round of the Australian Open. 

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At the beginning of the fourth set, a man uttered several phrases to irritate the world number 1. 

The Serbian tennis player fell for the provocation, even interrupted the game, and addressed the guy in the stands: “If you are so brave, come here and tell me to my face”.

“People are free to behave as they want, they buy the ticket, but if you cross the line, I will respond,” Djoko said.

The fan, who was not identified, appeared to be intoxicated.

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“Maybe he had one glass too many. I’ve never stopped a game to ask the referee to send off a spectator, but there are limits,” added Djoko.

As a result, Australian Alexei Popyrin, number 43 in the world, ended up being defeated by 3 sets to 1, with partials of 6/3, 4/6, 7/6 and 6/3. There were more than three hours of duel, as had already happened with Djoko in the first round in Melbourne, against Dino Prizmic.

In the third round of the Australian Open, Djokovic will face Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry, currently number 32 in the ATP rankings.

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