Djokovic, Late In Third Set, Helps Fallen Fan With Water
But umpire Carlos Bernardes informed the players of a delay. “Both of you stop, we have a person that's feeling bad,” he instructed.
A woman in the lower bowl of Ken Rosewall Arena had fallen ill and was laying down on seats as those around her fanned her. A temperature of 31 degrees Celsius and muggy conditions made it difficult for all on Thursday in Sydney.
Dozens of fans fanned themselves throughout Djokovic and Shapovalov's two-hour and 41-minute contest.
After a few moments, Serbian captain Nenad Zimonjic gave Djokovic a water bottle, and the World No. 2 jogged it over to the woman. The pro-Serbian crowd, as if they needed more reasons to cheer, showered him with praise once more.
"Novak just showing a little bit of his heart in what, to be fair, is an extremely important and tricky point in the match for him," said broadcaster and former World No. 1 Jim Courier, who was calling the match for TennisTV.