French Open - 'I'm in shock!' - Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini leave court as fans stay despite curfew
The final evening session of the tournament had spectators for the first time with 5,000 lucky fans able to watch the French Open quarter-final between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini at Roland Garros. The fans were treated to some high-quality tennis but then came and went the curfew, with the spectators not leaving, so the players then left the court to try to prompt a move.
'I'm in shock!' - Djokovic and Berrettini leave court as fans stay despite curfew
Published 09/06/2021 at 21:25 GMT | Updated 10/06/2021 at 12:18 GMT
There were very unusual scenes in Novak Djokovic's French Open quarter-final clash with Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday night as the players left the court with fans not respecting the curfew in place for them to leave.
But after Berrettini won a third set tie-break to take the match into a fourth set, fans did not heed the instructions to leave the stadium to be in accordance with the curfew in place as a condition of their attendance.
Earlier, an amusing moment involving the fans saw the match halted amid a chorus of boos from other fans when a group of spectators strolled in very late with their shopping in tow to delay proceedings.
'Where have they been?' - Djokovic made to wait as fans boo latecomers
World number one Djokovic, the 2016 champion, and an 18-time Grand Slam title winner, struggled to find the funny side as he was preparing to serve while trying to make his mark on the opening set.
In rather comical fashion, the excitement over fans returning hit a bump when a group strolled in very late with their shopping to delay proceedings.
"Where have they been?" wondered Chris Bradnam, on commentary for Eurosport.
"How can they be late? It's the first time crowds have been allowed in for the late match! They've been shopping!"
Highlights: Djokovic beats Berrettini in wild late match with curfew drama
The other spectators inside Court Philippe Chatrier let their feelings known with loud booing as the fans eventually settled down and Djokovic was finally able to serve.
Victory for Djokovic sees him through to the semi-finals for the 11th time at Roland Garros and two wins away from becoming only the third man in history to win all four Grand Slams on two occasions.