With 12 Grand Slam titles under his belt you’d think tennis star Novak Djokovic would have seen everything on the court, well that’s not the case it seems.
The Serbian maestro had an easy passage through to the quarter-finals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open yesterday, beating world number 71 Horacio Zeballos in straight sets on a scoreline of 6-3, 6-4.
However, it was after the match the finished the fun began as Zeballos went to walk off court the Argentine approached Djokovic and asked him for a SELFIE of all things!
Being the nice guy he is Djokovic obliged, and gave him a big smile to boot.
You can see video of the incident and the result of the picture below:
Adding the photo on his Twitter page Zeballos’ post loosely translates to say: “Ehh Sorry, I think I get the best selfie of the day he he he. How great is Nole, genius! I loved it!”
Eehhh sorryy. Creo que tengo la mejor selfie del dia jejeje. Que groso Nole.un genio!! Y yo figuretiiii.. Me encanto!! pic.twitter.com/lMXDqKdcyl
— horacio zeballos (@HoracioZeballos) January 4, 2017
Asked about the selfie the former world number one felt it was a great example of sportsmanship from Zeballos and said he was happy to be in the picture.
“I think today’s selfie is a nice example about how one person and a player can leave whatever behind,” Novak told the ATP website.
Hehe nice shot. Gracias amigo! ?? https://t.co/WGppLMs1M3
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 4, 2017
“It was just a minute or two after we shook hands. He was already over his lost match and he moved onto doing something different. I applaud him for that, I think it was a really nice gesture.””
The win moved Djokovic onto a meeting with Radek Stepanek in the quarter-finals and he could face world number one Andy Murray in the final, should they both get that far. Both will see this competition as key preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, which starts in less than two weeks.