Novak Djokovic destroys racket in Monte Carlo win

Paola Ditto
Апреля 17, 2019

Djokovic would win 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, and the racquet annihilation came when he was broken in the second set.

The world no. 1 could not control his temper during a freaky 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.

He maintained the advantage to avenge his Indian Wells second-round defeat by Kohlschreiber last month. Midway through that, Djokovic needed treatment for a couple of minutes on his right thumb.

Novak Djokovic smashes his racquet. "It was pretty rusty, but a win is a win".

After Kohlschreiber dropped serve at the start of the deciding set - the eighth straight service break - Djokovic saved break points before holding for 2-0.

It has been a fascinating year for one of the greatest players of all-time, with Djokovic losing form after an vast 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. He held to love for 4-2 and saved a break point to go 5-3 up, forcing his 35-year-old German opponent to serve to stay in the match.

Serving for the match, Djokovic fluffed another three match points.

"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.

And then he flung a new one into the crowd later on in the match when he was unable to reach a shot. Later in the second, he lobbed his racket at the ball when retrieving a shot at the baseline and inadvertently sent it into the crowd.

Many were left fuming that the World No.1 got off without any punishment for the second incident.

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

Defending champion Rafael Nadal, who is seeking a record-extending 12th title here, is in second-round action Wednesday against Spanish countryman Roberto Bautista Agut.

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