'Sincerest Form Of Flattery': Shelton On Djokovic Mimicking His Celebration At US Open

'Sincerest Form Of Flattery': Shelton On Djokovic Mimicking His Celebration At US Open

by Sebastian Dahlman

Ben Shelton looked very annoyed by Novak Djokovic copying his celebration after their match at the 2023 US Open, but he's apparently flattered by it.

Novak Djokovic played a fabulous match to outlast rising star Ben Shelton in the US Open semi-final. The match was a really electric one, with the crowd backing their compatriot, however, it didn't matter much in the end.

Djokovic earned the right to take on Daniil Medvedev in the final, a repeat of the match we saw two years ago. Daniil Medvedev won that one and looked sensational against Carlos Alcaraz, so buckle up, it's going to be a good one. The match against Shelton delivered its most iconic moment after it ended, though.

As the umpire called game, set, and match; Djokovic copied the celebration of Shelton, which he used throughout the US Open. The youngster explained the origins of it recently, and Djokovic simply thought it was cool, so he copied it.

The handshake between the players was one of the coldest we had seen all event as Shelton gave Djokovic a rather deep stare, making it seem like he was annoyed by the celebration, but apparently, he didn't even see it until after the match.

To answer your second question, you know, yeah, I didn't see it until after the match. You know, I don't like when I'm on social media and I see people telling me how I can celebrate or can't celebrate. You know, I think if you win the match, you deserve to do whatever you want.

You know, as a kid growing up, I always learned that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so that's all I have to say about that (smiling)

The American is flattered, apparently. Let's see whether Djokovic wins the US Open and does the dead fish celebration of Medvedev.


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