WATCH: Novak Djokovic Smashes His Racquet During an Intense Battle Against Stefanos Tsitsipas at Italian Open 2021

Published 05/15/2021, 6:53 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts as he smashes his racquet on court during his quarter final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Loren Elliott


World No.1 Novak Djokovic is facing some serious issues in his quarter-final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Italian Open 2021. Even though the Serbian legend made a great comeback in the second set and restored parity, Tsitsipas is really testing his patience. Djokovic is not looking in control of his shots and seemed very angry at one point of time.

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Djokovic got off to a good start in the third set as he won the first game quite easily. However, World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas didn’t lose his momentum and struck back to equalize the scoreline. The Greek player played some beautiful forehands in the subsequent game and thus, broke past Djokovic. He was leading 2-1 now and following this, fans witnessed something extraordinary.

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Novak Djokovic was so angry with his performance that he threw his racquet hard on the ground. It smashed into pieces and Djokovic let loose a yell after the racquet smash.

The Serb was clearly annoyed and even during the break as he was muttering to himself. It was a clear sign of frustration and Djokovic was certainly not happy with the way he’d played the third game of the third set.

Not the first time when Novak Djokovic smashed his tennis racquet

Novak Djokovic has had a history of breaking and smashing tennis racquets. He has done so at the ATP Cup 2020, US Open 2020, and even did it last year at the Italian Open 2020.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 28: Novak Djokovic of Serbia complains during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Milos Raonic of Canada. Day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Last year in Rome, he claimed that he tries to avoid these things but they happen. It definitely doesn’t suit the World No.1 player, and he has received a lot of backlash over his racket smashes in the past as well.

Right now, his priority is certainly to bounce back in the match. For that, the Serbian will have to break at least one time, or else, it’ll be Tsitsipas who will advance to the semis of the Italian Open 2021. Will Djokovic be able to make a comeback against the Greek player in Rome?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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