It seems that customs confiscated Novak Djokovic’s chill. Through the Australian Open, the tennis star flipped out after a foul shot and utterly demolished his racket in a match of rage!
Novak Djokovic was sorting a inexperienced shirt throughout his Australian Open quarterfinal match with Alexander Zverev on Tuesday (Feb. 16), and very like The Unbelievable Hulk, Novak, 33, unleashed a damaging fury after a shot didn’t go his manner. After failing to take a break level within the fifth recreation of the third set, Novak shouted in frustration earlier than bashing his racket into the court docket’s ground. After his tantrum, which required a clean-up afterward, Novak walked off the court docket, tossed the busted racket down, and picked up a alternative. He ultimately went on to defeat Zverev – 6(6)-7(8), 6-2, 6-4, 7(8)-6(8) – and safe a spot within the semifinal, going through Aslan Karatsev.
Each angle of Novak Djokovic utterly destroying his racquet which left the court docket broken. 🔥🔥🔥
— Huge World of Sports activities (@wwos) February 16, 2021
“It was a reduction for me, however I wouldn’t suggest this sort of reduction channeling if you wish to name it,” Novak stated after the victory, per Yahoo! Sports activities. “After all, I’m not pleased with these form of moments. You undergo loads of completely different feelings. You undergo loads of internal battles, and everyone seems to be completely different. I’ve my very own demons that I’ve to combat with.”
The commentators chalked up Novak’s frustration to a litany of things, together with the stomach damage he sustained throughout his third-round win towards Taylor Fritz. Novak – who, For The Win factors out, has a historical past of taking his frustration out on the court docket — struggled in his four-set victory in Milos Raonic within the fourth spherical and actually needed to pull it collectively to place away Zverev within the quarterfinal. “All the way down to the final shot, it was anyone’s match,” stated Djokovic, after the win. “A variety of nerves on the market, loads of stress. Emotionally I really feel slightly bit drained. It was an awesome battle. We pushed one another to the restrict.”
“The optimistic factor is that I truly felt the most effective right this moment from the start of the second set till the tip of the match that I’ve because the third spherical towards Fritz when the damage occurred,” he stated, per Yahoo! Sports activities. “It signifies that that is getting into the correct course, and fingers crossed that in two days, it would keep the identical.” Novak is chasing a document ninth Australian Open win, having gained the match in 2019 and 2020.
Novak’s tantrum invoked recollections of Serena Williams’ frustrations through the 2018 U.S. Open. The lady that many claims is the Best Athlete of All Time smashed her rachet following a loss within the fifth recreation of the second set. This show got here after she sparred with an umpire after the official claimed he witnessed teaching from her coach – a code violation, per ABC Information – through the second recreation of the second set. Serena ultimately misplaced the match – and the U.S. Open – to Naomi Osaka. Serena confronted a public backlash to her racket smashing, a backlash that has but to come back for Novak.
The 2018 U.S. Open loss continued Serena’s dry spell on the subject of Grand Slam titles, her final being the 2017 Australian Open. She’s presently chasing Grand Slam #24, which might tie her with record-holder Margaret Court docket. Her subsequent likelihood will come on Wednesday (Feb. 17.) After defeating the worldwide No. 2 Simona Halep in back-to-back units, Serena will head to the Semifinals to face…Naomi Osaka.