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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Djokovic unravels in bizarre on-court blow up


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An irate Novak Djokovic has regained composure to qualify for the fourth round of the Australian Open after a third-set blow up threaten to derail his match against Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov.

The world No. 1 sent his game into a downward spiral when he unloaded on officials in a bizarre tirade over stadium lighting that had been switched on during the third set at Rod Laver Arena, despite it being hours away from sunset.

Leading Shapovalov 4-2 the noticeably frustrated Serb capitulated, at one point clapping to the crowd for cheering his double fault, as a handful of unforced errors crept into what should have been the closing games of the match.

The 19-year-old bravely capitalised on the blip to force the extra set from the favourite, as the untamed yet powerful forehand of Shapovalov wreaked havoc down Djokovic’s backhand side.

Novak Djokovic

"I think there was no sense to turn the lights on the court at 5pm when we have another four hours of daylight," Djokovic explained after the match.

"I saw the ball well, I thought it was completely unnecessary to turn on the lights."

Returning for a fourth, Djokovic proved his mettle as a six time Australian Open Champion relying on his unrivalled athleticism to run away with the final set 6-0.

The first two sets were relatively even with only three break points separating the 14-time grand slam champion and his 19-year-old opponent in their 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0 encounter.

Shapovalov's bizarre mascot

The top seed next takes on Russian Daniil Medvedev, who earlier accounted for Belgian David Goffin in straight sets.

The win continued Djokovic's run of 17 grand slam victories, including the Wimbledon and US Open titles, and kept him on track for a record seventh Australian Open crown.

An irate Novak Djokovic has regained composure to qualify for the fourth round of the Australian Open after a third-set blow up threaten to derail his match against Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov.

The world No. 1 sent his game into a downward spiral when he unloaded on officials in a bizarre tirade over stadium lighting that had been switched on during the third set at Rod Laver Arena, despite it being hours away from sunset.

Leading Shapovalov 4-2 the noticeably frustrated Serb capitulated, at one point clapping to the crowd for cheering his double fault, as a handful of unforced errors crept into what should have been the closing games of the match.

The 19-year-old bravely capitalised on the blip to force the extra set from the favourite, as the untamed yet powerful forehand of Shapovalov wreaked havoc down Djokovic’s backhand side.

Novak Djokovic

"I think there was no sense to turn the lights on the court at 5pm when we have another four hours of daylight," Djokovic explained after the match.

"I saw the ball well, I thought it was completely unnecessary to turn on the lights."

Returning for a fourth, Djokovic proved his mettle as a six time Australian Open Champion relying on his unrivalled athleticism to run away with the final set 6-0.

The first two sets were relatively even with only three break points separating the 14-time grand slam champion and his 19-year-old opponent in their 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0 encounter.

Shapovalov's bizarre mascot

The top seed next takes on Russian Daniil Medvedev, who earlier accounted for Belgian David Goffin in straight sets.

The win continued Djokovic's run of 17 grand slam victories, including the Wimbledon and US Open titles, and kept him on track for a record seventh Australian Open crown.

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