American Ben Shelton revealed Novak Djokovic’s end-of-match celebration did not hassle him, saying “imitation is the sincerest type of flattery”.
Djokovic used his expertise to beat Shelton because the Serbian battled previous his 20-year-old challenger to achieve his tenth US Open closing.
The 36-year-old pressured Shelton right into a forehand error on match level and made a not-so-subtle jab at his favoured celebration as he mimicked hanging up the phone whereas strolling to the online.
Djokovic mimicked Shelton’s ‘dialled in’ celebration after beating the American in straight units within the US Open semi-final
Highlights of Djokovic’s straight-sets victory in opposition to Shelton
Shelton gained an NCAA singles title for the College of Florida final yr and captured consideration over the previous two weeks by flexing his biceps and pretending his hand is an old-style phone handset that he slams down – a routine he borrowed from former Florida monitor and subject athlete Grant Holloway, a world champion hurdler.
Shelton mentioned he had not seen Djokovic’s transfer till after the match – however added that he wouldn’t inform one other opponent tips on how to have fun.
“I do not like after I’m on social media and I see individuals telling me how I can have fun or cannot have fun. I feel if you happen to win the match, you should do no matter you need,” Shelton mentioned with a smile.
“As a child rising up, I at all times realized that imitation is the sincerest type of flattery, in order that’s all I’ve to say about that.”
Djokovic was taking part in in his a hundredth US Open match, whereas unseeded Shelton was collaborating his first main semi-final and solely his seventh profession match on the event.
“He is a man who can compete on the highest degree, has an analogous mentality to me on the court docket, with how he needs to return after you and be aggressive and present his emotion,” Shelton mentioned.
“It was actually cool to see that matchup for the primary time. Wanting ahead to hopefully getting it once more.”
Djokovic, who disconnected Shelton’s dream, mentioned: “I simply love Ben’s celebration. I assumed it was very authentic, and I copied him. I stole his celebration.”
Bodily I’ve been as match as I’ve been in years and years. I nonetheless really feel that I am within the recreation.
Novak Djokovic warns his younger rivals
The three-time US Open champion is one win away from a twenty fourth main title and changing into the oldest winner within the Open period, surpassing Ken Rosewall who was 35 when he gained the title in 1970.
“Look, these are the sort of matches and events that I nonetheless thrive on, that encourage me to get up day by day and work onerous,” Djokovic mentioned.
“Grand slams are crucial, those that imply probably the most to me. Taking part in an American participant isn’t simple and I needed to maintain my nerve. It was anyone’s recreation on the finish of the third set. I am actually happy with this win at present.”
Djokovic and Shelton went toe-to-toe on this epic 30-shot rally…
Djokovic added he was “not stunned” in any respect that at even on the age of 36 he nonetheless in a position to compete in opposition to the subsequent technology and nonetheless attain 4 Grand Slam finals in a yr.
“It in all probability sounds cocky or smug, however I am probably not stunned, as a result of I understand how a lot work and dedication and vitality I put into making an attempt to be on this place, so I do know that I deserve this,” he mentioned.
“I at all times consider in myself, in my very own capabilities, in my expertise, in my high quality as a tennis participant to have the ability to ship when it issues.
“Bodily I’ve been as match as I’ve been in years and years. I nonetheless really feel that I am within the recreation.”
Djokovic mentioned he thrives in large matches after defeating Shelton
The US Open on Sky Sports activities
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