With Novak Djokovic and Radek Stepanek tied at 5-5 in the final set of the encounter, the match was at an intense stage and that would normally result in every player trying to gain any advantage. However, not the Djoker, who was one point from going up 6-5 in the set when a ball hit deep by Stepanek was ruled out just prior to Novak putting the ball into the net.
Stepanek challenged the call and the umpire called for a replay of the point, but Djokovic conceded, admitting that he would not have been able to return the shot. The umpire accepted this and changed his own call, giving the point to Stepanek and returning the game to deuce.
Now how many players would do that?
Here’s how it all went:
Here are some instances that just prove why he is the real Champ:
He invited a ball boy to have a seat with him during a French Open rain delay
Just last month, during his opening round match at the French Open, play was suspended because of rain and the top seed sat down while one of the ball boys stood over him with an umbrella. However, he amazed everyone by making room for the boy to sit next to him and share the seat. The multiple grand slam winner also held the umbrella for the ball boy.
His brilliant response to a boy's marriage proposal:
A young fan shouted out a marriage proposal to the star while he was practicing at Flushing Meadows in 2012. Perhaps he was just thrilled to see his hero playing or was simply being annoying, but Djokovic not only took it in stride, but also invited the fan to join the practice session.
After letting the enthusiastic fan hit a few serves, he bid him farewell with a high-five and a hug.
The time he made a very special girl’s day:
Young Carla Sofia suffers from spina bifida, a permanently disabling birth defect, but is passionate about tennis and loves to play.
Djokovic, lovingly called Nole, made the little champ’s day by playing tennis with her earlier this year.
Sofia is a devoted Novak fan as it is, but what he did for her that day will never be forgotten. As she told her father, "Dad, if I had strength before, after meeting my new friend Nole, my strength got bigger, I never imagined that Nole was a better person than a tennis player."
How he likes helping people out:
He uses his star power and passion to do his bit for humanity – especially children – through his organization, the Novak Djokovic Foundation.
His organization’s aims are simple but noble. “We were kids, and we enjoyed our childhoods. Now, we have the opportunity to spread the word about the importance of education, family, sports, nutrition, health, philanthropy and to do something for other children who need our help.”
The fact that he loses like a true champ:
When Rafael Nadal defeated Djokovic in 2010, it was a game everyone, including Novak himself thought was on his plate. Heartbroken as he may have been, the tennis star promptly walked over to Nadal’s side of the court to offer his congratulations.
It wasn’t just a face saving gesture or a routine handshake. Everyone saw a genuine exchange of good feelings when the two went off the court arm in arm.