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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Djokovic booed after epic tantrum


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Novak Djokovic flung a racquet into the crowd and smashed another one in a tempestuous 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world no. 1 could not control his temper during a bizarre string of eight straight breaks of serve in the second set and was booed by the crowd when he took his anger out on his racquet at 2-4 down, repeatedly smashing it against the clay.

Later in the match he flung a racquet into the crowd when he was unable to reach a shot.

The Australian Open champion eventually regained his composure and withstood a defiant last stand from the German, needing five match points to finally clinch the victory.

After the match Djokovic explained away his outburst as an expression of frustration due to his poor day on serve.

“I lost my serve four games in a row in the second set, and that hasn’t happened too many times in my life,” Djokovic said.

“I’m not a big server, but still, that’s quite a lot. It just didn’t feel so comfortable serving today. Let’s put it that way.

“ ... The positive of today (is) hanging in there, fighting and grinding.

“In a way it’s good I got to spend two-and-a-half hours on the court in my opening match of the clay season. This surface is very demanding physically.”

Along with a personal battle with his temper, Djokovic also had to contend with a minor injury, at one stage getting treatment for his thumb after appearing to graze it stretching to keep the ball in play with one of his trademark slides.

Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory.

It has been a fascinating year for one of the greatest players of all-time, with Djokovic losing form after an immense performance to win the Australian Open invited predictions of a calendar year Grand Slam that would bring him within two of Roger Federer's record tally of 20 major championships.

His emotional performance to start his Monte Carlo campaign follows weeks after he was criticised for an outburst at Indian Wells where he launched his racquet into the back fence so forcefully that it left a hole in it.

Djokovic next faces the winner of a second-round match between American Taylor Fritz and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.

Novak Djokovic flung a racquet into the crowd and smashed another one in a tempestuous 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world no. 1 could not control his temper during a bizarre string of eight straight breaks of serve in the second set and was booed by the crowd when he took his anger out on his racquet at 2-4 down, repeatedly smashing it against the clay.

Later in the match he flung a racquet into the crowd when he was unable to reach a shot.

The Australian Open champion eventually regained his composure and withstood a defiant last stand from the German, needing five match points to finally clinch the victory.

After the match Djokovic explained away his outburst as an expression of frustration due to his poor day on serve.

“I lost my serve four games in a row in the second set, and that hasn’t happened too many times in my life,” Djokovic said.

“I’m not a big server, but still, that’s quite a lot. It just didn’t feel so comfortable serving today. Let’s put it that way.

“ ... The positive of today (is) hanging in there, fighting and grinding.

“In a way it’s good I got to spend two-and-a-half hours on the court in my opening match of the clay season. This surface is very demanding physically.”

Along with a personal battle with his temper, Djokovic also had to contend with a minor injury, at one stage getting treatment for his thumb after appearing to graze it stretching to keep the ball in play with one of his trademark slides.

Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory.

It has been a fascinating year for one of the greatest players of all-time, with Djokovic losing form after an immense performance to win the Australian Open invited predictions of a calendar year Grand Slam that would bring him within two of Roger Federer's record tally of 20 major championships.

His emotional performance to start his Monte Carlo campaign follows weeks after he was criticised for an outburst at Indian Wells where he launched his racquet into the back fence so forcefully that it left a hole in it.

Djokovic next faces the winner of a second-round match between American Taylor Fritz and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.

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