Djokovic dances to 'Gangnam Style' with fan after US Open win

  • IANS, New York
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 22:38 IST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, right, dances to the popular Korean pop song 'Gangnam Style' on court with a fan after defeating Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria in the 2015 US Open men's singles second-round match at the USTA National Tennis Center, in New York, on September 2, 2015. (AFP Photo)

World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia showed off his dance moves on court with a fan in celebration of his comfortable straight-sets win over Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer in the second round of men's singles action at the US Open in New York on Wednesday.

The Serb took his time to find his rhythm against Haider-Maurer before shifting through the gears to claim a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win, setting up a third-round encounter against Andreas Seppi of Italy.

Following the win, Djokovic's post-match interview was hijacked as one fan jumped down from the stands to cajole him into showing some dance moves while music blared out around the arena.

The nine-time Grand Slam champion seemed only too happy to oblige as the pair performed a short jig to the popular Korean pop song 'Gangnam Style', followed by Djokovic receiving a hug from the fan, who proceeded to put on an 'I love New York' T-shirt on the Serb and the pair bowed to the crowd together in their matching T-shirts.

'Gangnam Style', released in 2012 by South Korean musician Psy, refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea. The video to the song became the first ever to record more than a billion views on YouTube and was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most 'liked' video on the video-sharing platform. Psy's dance moves in the video became a hit across the world.

"I'm glad that he came down to the court. It was not planned," Djokovic said during his press conference after the match. The Serb insisted he had seen the fan, whose routine seems to involve stripping down layers of T-shirts while dancing outrageously, at his matches for five years.

"He's a true entertainer. Each year I see him in one of my matches, dancing, taking down the layers of the T-shirts. But, you know, it never gets old," he said.

Djokovic has been known to indulge in a jig or two during and after exhibition as well as professional matches, having danced to 'Gangnam Style' with Serena Williams at the Australian Open two years ago.

After clinching his third Wimbledon title two months ago, Djokovic took to the stage with Williams to become the first champions to dance officially since Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert in 1976.

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