Less than two weeks after being disqualified from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic’s frustration boiled over as soon as once more as he smashed his racket in a are compatible of rage all over his 6-Three 4-6 6-Three win over Dominik Koepfer within the Italian Open quarter-finals on Saturday.
The top-ranked Serb used to be damaged to like within the 6th recreation of the second one set following which he threw his racket at the floor, drawing a caution from the chair umpire.
“Well, let me tell you it’s not the first nor the last racket that I’ll break in my career,” Djokovic, 33, advised newshounds. “I have done it before, I’ll probably do it again. I don’t want to do it, but when it comes, it happens.
“That’s how I guess I release sometimes my anger. And it’s definitely not the best message out there, especially for the young tennis players looking at me.
“I don’t encourage that, definitely. But, look, we’re all people. We all do our best. There were times and periods when I don’t do that, and there are periods when I do,” he stated.
The Serb used to be disqualified from the U.S. Open after inadvertently hitting a ball right into a line pass judgement on’s throat all over his fourth-round fit towards Pablo Carreno Busta.
Djokovic, who apologised at the time and vowed to remove precious courses from the incident, reiterated that he used to be operating on his “mental and emotional health” to take a look at and assist stay a lid on his feelings.
“It’s always been part of my, I guess, training and recovery, as well, developing strong character and understanding myself on different levels, holistic approach to life,” the 17-time Slam champion stated.
“That’s just me. Of course I’m not perfect. I’m doing my best.”
Djokovic, who faces Norway’s Casper Ruud within the semi-finals, will fancy his probabilities of sealing a document 36th Masters 1000 crown following nine-time champion Rafa Nadal’s surprise go out at the fingers of Diego Schwartzman.