Melbourne grandmother crashes Novak Djokovic's Australian Open celebrations

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Having won the men’s singles at the Australian Open for the eighth time on Sunday night, Novak Djokovic probably thought he knew what to expect from the next day’s press obligations.

An opportunity for the media to get some sunny shots of the Serbian champion was expected to be a walk in the park - quite literally.

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Until a 76-year-old grandmother decided she had other ideas.

The Herald Sun captured the moment Bojana Savic decided to crash the party, ignoring all the cameras and giving Djokovic and his trophy a friendly greeting.

“I’ve never met her, but she’s Serbian and she told me that she’s very proud of me and that she liked my page this morning,” Djokovic said.

Novak Djokovic photoshoot with the Australian Open trophy was interrupted by 76-year-old Bojana Savic, a Serbian woman who moved to Melbourne when she was 25. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“That was funny.”

According to the Herald Sun’s report, Djokovic thanked the 76-year-old for her enthusiastic support.

Djokovic ‘on the brink’ of loss in final

Djokovic conceded he was "on the brink of losing" his gruelling four-hour Australian Open final to Dominic Thiem on Sunday night before conjuring one of the greatest comebacks of his career.

Struggling physically with a mystifying illness and warring with the chair umpire, the 32-year-old recovered from two sets to one down in a major championship final for the first time.

"I couldn't believe what was happening," he said.

"I didn't have any injuries and it was very strange to me because I've done things pretty much the same as I always do.

"My energy completely collapsed. Every time I would toss the ball, I would feel dizzy."

After seeking treatment from the tournament doctor, Djokovic summoned the strength to pull off one of the bravest wins of his career, then revealed the motivation for his ongoing glories.

"I think we all had different trajectories in our lives," the world No.1 and now 17-times grand slam champion said.

"I mean, we all grew up in different circumstances, different countries, different upbringing.

"My upbringing was in Serbia during several wars during '90s, difficult time, embargo in our country where we had to wait in line for bread, milk, water, some basic things in life.

"These kind of things make you stronger and hungrier for success, I think, in whatever you choose to do.

"That probably has been my foundation, the very fact that I came from literally nothing and difficult life circumstances together with my family and with my people.”