“Was a Relief”: Novak Djokovic States the Racquet Smash at Australian Open 2021 Helped Him

Published 02/16/2021, 11:23 AM EST
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


Serbian star Novak Djokovic has become known for his some of his outbursts and in his quarter-final match, fans were witness to another one of those.

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In the match, the World No. 1 was trailing 1-3 in the third set against Alexander Zverev. It was deuce in the 5th game and Djokovic missed a return of serve. He was frustrated with himself and to let it out, the Serb smashed his racquet on the ground.

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Despite his frustration, Novak was still able to win the match 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6. However, surprisingly, World No. 1 feels that the racquet smash aided in his victory. In the post-match interview, he said,

“It was a relief, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Of course, I am not proud of that, but you go through a lot of different emotions, inside battles… To me, it happens and today it helped me. It was an accumulation of a lot of things.”

Even though the racquet smash helped Novak, it is not the right practice. Hopefully, he will minimize this over the next few years as he is a huge inspiration for tennis fans across the globe.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his third round match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Novak Djokovic Seeking No. 18

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After his incredible win against Zverev, Novak is into the semi-finals of the Australian Open. There, he will be playing qualifier Aslan Karatsev. the Russian has been on a roll beating many top players despite his low ranking. Djokovic will have to be cautious when he plays him the day after tomorrow.

However, even if the Serb wins, his job is not done. In the final, he could face players like Rafael Nadal or Daniil Medvedev, who pose a huge challenge for the World No. 1.

It looks like Novak has a tough path to his 18th Grand Slam title. What are your thoughts on this?

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Rishi Karthikeyan

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