Australian Open 2021: ‘It’s like ice out there’ - Novak Djokovic on court speed after Tiafoe win
Novak Djokovic says he’s never experienced anything like the speed of Rod Laver Arena, describing it as like playing on “ice”. The reigning champion was tested by Frances Tiafoe in a four-set victory to reach the third round. The 2021 Australian Open is live on Eurosport. Watch every match live and ad-free on the Eurosport app and eurosport.co.uk.
Novak Djokovic during his second round win over Frances Tiafoe
“He gave me a few good tips there,” said Djokovic.
Honestly it’s like ice out there - I don’t know what they’ve done but the speed of the court has been the fastest in the last 15 years, the fastest I’ve ever experienced here at the Australian Open.
‘It’s like ice out there’ - Djokovic on court speed
“I don’t know what the reason for that but it keeps getting faster and faster. You need to serve well, if you don’t, if you’re playing against someone that is solid, it’s tough to win matches on this court.”
Djokovic admitted it was tough to find his rhythm early in the match against the talented Tiafoe:
I enjoy the fight, he gave it his all, he really was playing at a very high level - he was not making many unforced errors.
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