Novak Djokovic has mocked tennis rival Andy Murray after the British legend was dumped out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday.
Murray was projected to face Djokovic in the third round at Melbourne Park but the two-time Wimbledon champion lost his opener to Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
It was a disappointing result for Murray who had been hoping to lock horns with 24-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic for the 37th time.
The duo have played out some classic battles in the last 15 years – contesting multiple major finals – with four of those coming at the Australian Open.
Much has changed since their epic race for the world No.1 spot in the 2016 season, though, with Murray suffering a near career-ending injury before making a comeback while Djokovic has continued to dominate at the top of the sport.
The Serbian is once again tipped for glory at Melbourne Park this year, where he has lifted a record 10 Australian Open men’s singles titles.
Djokovic could not help himself from mocking Murray after his rival’s early exit in Australia, with the ATP Tour posting a behind-the-scenes video of the world No.1 undertaking media duties on their X account, formerly known as Twitter.
Djokovic, who is haven his picture taken in the clip, said: ‘I started thinking about Andy Murray.’
He then proceeded to look bored and rub his hand against his face, prompting laughter from the photographer and others in the background.
The video was published on the ATP Tour account just six minutes after they put out a quote from Murray saying it could be his last appearance at the Australian Open.
‘I think it was a painful watch, and he looked lost on and off the court,’ former British No.1 Tim Henman said about Murray’s first-round performance.
‘To hear him in the press conference so down and with very little explanation… It’s difficult when you’re 36 and you’ve achieved what he has.
‘You want to see him enjoying himself on court and reaping the rewards of all the hard work he puts in on the practice court and in the gym and on the track.
‘He needs to go away, analyse it with his team and his family and decide where he wants to go next.’
Djokovic, meanwhile, overcame a scare in his first-round match, taking four hours to beat a qualifier half his age – Dino Prizmic – over four sets in what was the longest opener he has played at a Grand Slam in his entire career.
The top seed is back in action on Wednesday when he faces Australian world No.43 Alexei Popyrin.