US Open Flashbacks: Novak Djokovic Throws One Raquet and Destroys Another at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/31/2021, 4:39 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s match against Pablo Carreno Busta was a frustrating one for the Serb. After failing to get a point against Busta in the third set, he let out his anger on the court by throwing his racquet into the stands.

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Djokovic was aiming for a break point in the first game of the third set, but he failed.

Novak Djokovic loses his temper on court and throws away his racquet

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Djokovic went down in the first set after losing 4-6 to Carreno. However, he came back in the second set to win it 7-6 via tiebreaker. Djokovic has been sweating it out on the court and has not been a fan of the sun.

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However, his frustration did not end there; the Serb ending up breaking his second racquet at the end of the third game.

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This wasn’t the first instance where Nole’s anger translated into his actions.

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Back the US Open in September 2020, Djokovic hit the lines judge on her neck when he hit her with the ball. He seemed frustrated during his round of 16 match, and he was disqualified for his misconduct in the first set itself. Surprisingly, he had a notable opponent in that match; it was Pablo was standing at the other end of the court.

He was not spared for his actions though, even though today he got a warning. Post his racquet throwing incident, he received a warning for breaking his racquet in anger.

Today could have been a similar result, had fans been allowed into the stadium. By virtue of the pandemic, there was no one in the stands and no one who would’ve gotten hurt by his racquet.

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In the end, Djokovic lost to Pablo in a thrilling 2 hour 50 minute battle. He lost 4-6, 7-6, 3-6 against the Spaniard, who played brilliant tennis in order to clinch the medal.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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