Novak Djokovic gives fans death stare after beating Carlos Alcaraz

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Novak Djokovic flashed a stern look at a group of screaming fans while giving his on-court interview after defeating Carlos Alcaraz to win the Cincinnati Open. The Serb came back from a set down to claim the spoils over Alcaraz, who beat him to clinch his first Wimbledon title earlier this summer.

Djokovic successfully managed to avenge his loss at SW19 with a three-set victory, which will serve as a major confidence boost ahead of next week’s US Open. However, he was visibly irritated during his post-match interview when he was interrupted by a group of excitable fans.

The 36-year-old was speaking about his growing rivalry with Alcaraz when the group began to scream, prompting him to flash a disapproving look in their direction. Djokovic held the death stare for a few seconds before switching his focus back to the interviewer and picking up where he left off.

It came as Djokovic admitted that Alcaraz had given him one of the hardest matches of his career, saying: “Crazy. Honestly, I don’t know what else I can say. Tough to describe, definitely one of the toughest matches I’ve ever played in my life regardless of what tournament, what category, what player.

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“Anybody who’s watching on the stadium or on the TV has seen that this rivalry just gets better and better. Amazing player, tons of respect for him. Obviously, three sets today, but almost four hours. You just have to put your hats down to a guy like that.

“He plays so maturely, handles the pressure so well for a 20-year-old. We cannot forget how young he is. That’s something that is so impressive about him. From the beginning until the end, we’ve both been through so much, so many ups and downs, highs and lows, incredible points, poor games, heat strokes, coming back.

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“Just overall, one of the toughest and most exciting matches I was ever part of and these are the kinds of moments and matches that I continue to work for day in day out. I was never in doubt that I can deliver the ‘A’ game when it mattered the most and I’m just thrilled.”

Djokovic went on to compare the draining win to his iconic Australian Open final victory in 2012, when he defeated Rafael Nadal after nearly six hours of play. Alcaraz, meanwhile, was visibly emotional after the match in Cincinnati and wept in his seat while Djokovic was celebrating his latest victory.

“Each point is a hustle, each point is a battle,” he added. “You’ve got to basically earn every single point, every single shot, regardless of the conditions. It’s amazing to be able to experience that with him on the court.”

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