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Novak: My Son Was Rooting For Rafa in AO Final

Nine-time During the Australian Open final, Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic found himself in an unaccustomed role: tournament referee.

Djokovic was captured in the applauding crossfire between his wife and kid as he watched rival Rafael Nadal defeat Daniil Medvedev to win a men’s record 21st major victory.

Djokovic stated his kid, Stefan, was supporting for Rafa in the final, while his wife, Jelena, was rooting for Daniil in a wide-ranging interview with the BBC.

Djokovic told the BBC that he didn’t want to watch the match because he felt he needed to be on the court. “It was extremely difficult for me to watch and participate in the match in any manner, so I remained completely neutral—I didn’t cheer for anyone since I so desperately wanted to be there.”

For his family, however, this was not the case.

“The situations I was experiencing amused me,” Djokovic told the BBC. “My wife was a Medvedev supporter. My son was a Nadal fan, and every time Rafa made a point, Stefan would jump around fist pumping like Rafa.”

When asked if Stefan would back his renowned father over Nadal, Djokovic laughed and said, “Yes, I hope so.”

“However, when I was putting [Stefan] to sleep a few days ago, he asked me, “When is the next tournament where you’re going to play and where Rafa will be as well?” Djokovic recalled a chat he had with his son. “Well, I’m not sure, I said. I’m hoping for very soon.

“‘Why are you asking me?’ I replied. ‘Because I’d really like to take a photo with Rafa,’ he explained. So we’ll definitely make that happen.”

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