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Novak Djokovic Applauded For His Classy Sportsmanship During Horror Wimbledon Moment

Jayden Collins

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Novak Djokovic Applauded For His Classy Sportsmanship During Horror Wimbledon Moment

Novak Djokovic proved his class during his quarter-final Wimbledon victory when his opponent Italian Jannik Sinner suffered a nasty fall. 

The Serbian was struggling against young gun Sinner who took the opening two sets in front of the Centre Court crowd. 

The defending Wimbledon champ began to turn the tide in the third set, however, his true sportsmanship was on display in the fourth. 

Sinner was running for the ball when he toppled over the grass court, clutching his ankle clearly in a lot of pain. 

Despite being focused on turning the tie around, Djokovic put his competitive nature aside, jumping over the net to help his opponent.

Refusing to leave his side, Djokovic stayed with his opponent before helping him to his feet when it was deemed the Italian was able to continue.

The crowd loved what they were seeing and gave the duo a round of applause. 

The tennis world online was also in awe of the sportsmanship and professionalism Djokovic exhibited. 

One fan tweeted: “The reason we love sport. Djokovic walking right over to check if Sinner is fine. Sinner back on his feet. Character, resilience and fortitude all the way.”

Another said: “Great moment of sportsmanship from Djokocix coming over the net to help up Sinner after a tough point.”

One other fan simply said: “Novak Djokovic pure class.”

Following the matchup, Skinner ensured that he was okay after his tumble.

He said: “I twisted my ankle, the left one. In the beginning, I felt pain. I was a bit scared in that point, but after, when I made the first steps, I felt it was okay. Then I was a little bit careful the first two points. The most important thing: my body feels good"

Beyond his sportsmanship, Djokovic exhibited pure class on a competitive level when he managed to come back and oust Sinner to take the game three sets to two in a stellar outing. 

The final rally was one for the ages, capped off with a brilliant comeback victory from the world number three.

It signals the 11th time he had made it to the semi-finals of the All England competition, and he now stands just two wins away from his 21st grand slam title. 

In his post-game press conference, he said: “I feel like Sinner, coming into the match didn't have much to lose, but he had a lot to lose when he was two sets to love up.

"I could feel that mentally with him. He didn't have too many five-set matches in his life and this was his first quarter-final in a Slam, not too many matches on the Centre Court.

“I always believed that I could turn the match around.”

Featured Image Credit: PA Images / Alamy.

Topics: Novak Djokovic, Tennis, Wimbledon, Australia

Jayden Collins
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