Novak Djokovic pulls off Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrations ahead of Indian Wells return

Novak Djokovic channelled his inner-Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba when celebrating a goal ahead of his Round of 64 clash at Indian Wells.

The 24-time Grand Slam champion is currently in California for the 2024 BNP Paribas Open, a competition he has won five times.

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Djokovic found the back of the net with a left footed finishCredit: @TennisTV X

World no.1 Djokovic will face Aleksandar Vukic in the second round as he looks to bounce back from his Australian Open semi-final exit.

However, he appears very calm ahead of his return to the court, so much so that he played a mini football match in the west coast sun.

Joining him on the pitch was fellow tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of his match with Lucas Pouille on Friday night.

Djokovic proved his skill with a ball at his feet instead of a tennis racket in hand by scoring a close-range goal through the goalkeeper’s legs.

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He ran away in celebration and started to push his hands out to the side in a move that was synonymous with Chelsea legend Drogba.

The Serbian then jumped in the air and landed with his arms stretched out as he pulled off Ronaldo’s iconic ‘Siu’ celebration.

It’s not the first time he has emulated the Portuguese legend as he did the same thing after hitting an impressive drive at the Ryder Cup All-Star match.

Djokovic will hope he can take his success from the pitch onto the court when he and Vukic meet at Indian Wells.

Djokovic celebrated in similar style to Drogba under the Californian sun

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Djokovic celebrated in similar style to Drogba under the Californian sunCredit: @TennisTV X
He then pulled off the Ronaldo celebration once again

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He then pulled off the Ronaldo celebration once againCredit: @TennisTV X
Chelsea fans would often see Drogba celebrate in this fashion

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Chelsea fans would often see Drogba celebrate in this fashionCredit: Getty
Ronaldo's celebration is one of the most famous of them all

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Ronaldo’s celebration is one of the most famous of them allCredit: AFP

He was beaten by Jannik Sinner in four sets at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year and therefore failed to retain his title.

Such a defeat was his first in the competition since the fourth round in 2018 when he lost against Hyeon Chung.

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Djokovic competed at the United Cup prior to the Australian Open, but exited at the quarter-finals with a loss against Alex de Minaur.

The 36-year-old will be keen to return to winning ways – especially with rival Rafa Nadal pulling out due to fitness reasons.



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