x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

'Journalist' Wozniacki probes Djokovic on winning run at presser

The world No 1 in women's tennis is good friends with Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic faced a surprise grilling from Caroline Wozniacki yesterday as the women's world No 1 news conference.

Djokovic was being interviewed by media at the All England Club ahead of the start of the grand slam event tomorrow when the fun-loving Wozniacki took a seat in the interview room and began to fire light-hearted questions at the Serb.

Both players have well-earned reputations as locker-room jokers and their "interview" lasted several minutes, to the amusement of the assembled reporters.

After introducing herself as a reporter for "the Monaco newspaper on Avenue Princess Grace", Wozniacki asked the Australian Open champion how he planned to bounce back after the end of his 43-match winning streak. Djokovic, beaten by Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals, replied: "You know what? I will try to look up to some women players who have been so consistent with their wins, for example, like Caroline Wozniacki.

"I don't know if you've heard about her. She's been winning so much. She's become a role model for all of us ATP players. So I'm going to try to look at some of her matches and try to break this losing streak of one."

When Wozniacki asked who his favourite female player was, Djokovic revealed that the friends are neighbours in Monaco as he said: "I just said her name.

"She's actually my neighbour as well.

"From time to time we have coffee there on the beach and just relax and have lunch or have a jog. She's a really nice girl. She's a great entertainer."

Elsewhere, Marion Bartoli beat Petra Kvitova 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 to win the Aegon International at Eastbourne after having beaten Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 in her semi-final earlier in the day. In the Netherlands, Roberta Vinci defeated Jelena Dokic 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 in the Unicef Open final.

* Agencies