Novak Djokovic on Friday promised not to embarrass any of his opponents in competitive matches by trying to repeat a trick-shot which has gone viral on the Internet.
The Serbian world No 1 said his no-look backhand winner, when he starts with his back to the incoming ball before spinning round and slapping it over the net, could have been a one-off anyway.
“Fortunately for me, there was somebody that recorded that. Doesn’t happen very often. I didn’t work on it,” he said of the wonder-shot he played during practice in Belgrade.
“It’s just instinctively I turned around and managed to play what I played. It was funny.”
YouTube footage of the shot has had nearly 600 000 views, but Djokovic said it would be “disrespectful” to an opponent to attempt something similar in a match.
“I don’t know if I’m able to repeat that. I don’t think so in a match. It’s all about risk management, and I think it’s too high of a risk to play that shot,” he said.
“I think in a match it’s different because you also have respect for the opponent and the game, so you can’t really start doing different kind of things because it’s a bit disrespectful towards your opponent.”