- Novak Djokovic has his sights set on a record seventh Australian Open title after cruising through to the final.
- But it seems his son is more interested in talking about Spider-Man than in paying attention to what his Grand Slam champion of a father is up to.
- Djokovic said he spoke with his son 45 minutes before playing Lucas Pouille in the tournament semifinal on Friday – and his son apparently wanted to talk about the action hero instead of the match.
- He did, however, wish him luck, Djokovic said, which seemed to work as Djokovic coasted to a straight-sets win.
- He is now set to take on his rival Rafael Nadal for the right to lift the Australian Open trophy on Sunday.
Novak Djokovic pummelled Lucas Pouille on Friday in the 2019 Australian Open semifinal, but his 4-year-old son apparently wasn’t interested.
Before Djokovic took the court at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Friday, he said, he spoke with his son, Stefan, who was getting ready to go to preschool back home in Europe.
According to Djokovic, the conversation happened 45 minutes before the Grand Slam semifinal. Aside from getting wished good luck and told to “make sure you win,” Djokovic said, his son seemed preoccupied with other things and was not planing to watch him play.
“I talked with him 45 minutes before the match and he was telling me about Spider-Man,” Djokovic said, according to Eurosport UK.
The conversation is perhaps relatable for many parents, and despite his son’s apparent lack of enthusiasm, Djokovic called family life “a blessing.”
“To be a father, there’s no better thing that happened in my life,” he said. “My wife, we’ve been together for 15 years and we’re parents to two angels. So for me, this is life.”
As for Djokovic’s tennis, he arguably couldn’t have played much better as he needed just one hour and 23 minutes to defeat Pouille, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2, and setting himself up for a meeting in Sunday’s final against Rafael Nadal.