Novak Djokovic has let rip at two unruly fans during his second-round match at the Australian Open in a determined performance on Rod Laver Arena against American Francis Tiafoe.
With Tiafoe working his way back into the first set but facing a break point, Djokovic stretched out to a forehand before hitting a crisp passing shot to break serve before letting out a roar directed at two fans.
He then appeared to gesture at them to come down onto the court and face him.
“There happen to be two people right beneath our comms box that are barking loudly for Tiafoe and Novak came at them specifically after that point,” Channel Nine commentator Jim Courier explained.
Australian Open: Frances Tiafoe has lost his cool when he was handed a time violation in the fourth set of his second round matchup with Novak Djokovic….
Australian Open: Frances Tiafoe has lost his cool when he was handed a time violation in the fourth set of his second round matchup with Novak Djokovic.
“That was directed at two guys down here that might be enjoying a tasty adult beverage or two. One of them is wearing a Shane Warne jersey.”
Djokovic consolidated the break to take the first set 6-3, but Tiafoe looked up for the challenge as he forced the world No.1 into a tiebreak and pulled through to level the match at one set apiece.
As he sat down at the change of ends, Tiafoe yelled to his box “I love this s**t! I love it!”.
But the American was left furious in the fourth set, when he was down two sets to one, as he was called for a time violation serving at 30-30 and 3-3.
He complained to the chair umpire and lost the next two points, giving up a crucial break.
“Why are you disturbing the match?” he asked the umpire.
“It’s an unreal match! Why are you disturbing the match? It’s bulls***! The point’s massive and I’m going for the f***ing towel!’
Originally published asOpen star goes berserk in angry tirade
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