See the bizarre moment Novak Djokovic’s match is suspended due to a rogue fireworks display – as tournament organisers scrambled to search out out why the pyrotechnics went off
- Unplanned fireworks display saw Novak Djokovic’s match suspended on Friday
- Serbian star, 35, composed himself to win in straight sets over Denis Shapovalov
- Now faces Russian Daniil Medvedev for a spot within the Adelaide International final
Novak Djokovic’s tennis matches often provide fireworks – and on Friday night on the Adelaide International it was literally the case.
The Serbian superstar, 35, was on court in his quarter-final against Canadian Denis Shapovalov when the pyrotechnics went off.
Officials didn’t orchestrate the display from a close-by river, and were scrambling for answers as play was altered for nearly 10 minutes early in the primary set.
Djokovic called on all his experience to win in straight sets, and improve his profession record against Shapovalov to 8-0.
Next for Djokovic is a Saturday showdown with big serving Russian Daniil Medvedev, a replay of the Australian Open final from last January.
Novak Djokovic’s tennis matches often provide fireworks – but on Friday night on the Adelaide International it was literally the case (pictured)
Following a delay of just about 10 minutes, Djokovic composed himself to win in straight sets against Denis Shapovalov
‘Normally while you play Daniil you’ve got to be able to go the gap – he’s definitely the most effective players on the planet for the last five years,’ Djokovic said.
‘He’s established himself, he’s a grand slam winner, a former No. 1 on the planet so he’s someone that I respect rather a lot.
‘We have had some amazing battles through the years (and) we’re hoping for an additional good battle (on Saturday).’
Djokovic holds an 8-4 profession record against Medvedev and is on a three-match run against the Russian.
Medvedev’s last win against Djokovic got here on the 2021 US Open.
Next for Djokovic is a Saturday showdown with Daniil Medvedev, a replay of the Australian Open final from last January
Medvedev knows he can be the underdog and is seeking to construct some momentum ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on January 16.
‘Playing against (the likes of) Rafa and Novak is all the time a privilege,’ Medvedev said.
‘Each time I even have this likelihood, I would like to win. I would like to attempt to do my best.’
Friday night also saw Alexei Popyrin’s impressive run within the City of Churches come to an end.
Buoyed after his win over No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier this week, Aussie young gun Popyrin had his possibilities, but ultimately got here up short versus Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in three sets.
Popyrin, ranked 120 on the planet, will now turn his attention to Melbourne Park, where he has been granted a wildcard.