Mischa Zverev has paid tribute to Novak Djokovic after he overcame injury to defeat Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open.
Mischa is part of Alexander Zverev’s coaching team, and he watched on as Djokovic found a way to battle past his brother and into the semi-finals.
Djokovic has been carrying an abdominal injury since the third round of the tournament, but Mischa says no one in the Zverev camp expected anything less than the gusty performance the Serbian produced.
“It was just a tough loss, winning the first set, being a break up in the third and fourth set – that’s Novak – he just never gives up,” Mischa told Eurosport.
“He always finds a way to come back. He can play one or two loose games and then all of a sudden just doesn’t miss for the next 20 minutes. That’s just why he is one of the best.
“Sascha did not go into this match expecting Novak to be injured, nobody did.
“He was serving 199kmh in the first set and 207kmh in the fourth set, so we were not expecting or hoping that he would get hurt in the fourth or the fifth.
“We knew he could last the whole match because we knew Novak is Novak – he’s not going to go on the court unless he is ready to compete.”
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