Novak Djokovic is well known for his huge sportsmanship and for being extremely gracious in defeat.
The world no.1 had to bow in the Paris final to a solid Karen Khachanov in straight sets (7-5 6-4). It was clear from the very beginning that the Serbian legend was still struggling after winning the day before an epic 3-hours’ semifinal against Roger Federer, but he didn’t want to use that as an excuse.
Karen absolutely deserved the win. DJOKOVIC
During the press conference following the final, Nole commented
“Karen absolutely deserved to win the match today. All the credit to him. He deserves it. He’s a young player, up and coming. But already an established player, a top player. He showed great quality today and he showed why we’re going to see a lot of him in the future.
He was playing big from the back of the court. Flat backhands and forehands. He can really hurt you. That’s a big weapon. His serve is really, really strong and precise. His overall game was really, really great all week.”
Nole will now take some time off to prepare for the ATP finals where he will be the hot favorite.
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