Novak Djokovic took a jab at Ben Shelton when he was asked in the lead-up to his first match at the Australian Open about his imitation of the phone gesture the Briton makes when he wins matches. The Serb says he imitated it when he beat him at the US Open because he had not behaved correctly.
Shelton seems to have preferred to take a more reserved stance in the face of Djokovic's criticism. By stating that he has said "everything he had to say" on the matter.
Djokovic, clear on why he mimicked Ben Shelton's phone gesture: "It was a natural reaction to his disrespect."
“I don't really have anything else to say on the whole US Open situation. I feel like I've been asked about it constantly in the last four or five months. I feel like I've said my peace on the matter. I would rather just let it settle & move forward. We're in Australia now, & we're at the Australian Open & not at the US Open anymore.”
We suppose that this settles the controversy, for the moment, because if both advance they would meet again in the fourth round of the Australian Open, where depending on the tension of the clash they could cross paths again. For the moment, Djokovic attacked and Shelton has sent the ball out.