Tokyo 2020 Olympics: 'Novak Djokovic couldn't control emotions' - 'Frustration boiled over' with racket abuse
World number one Novak Djokovic very surprisingly was left without a medal after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, despite all the hype and expectation around him potentially aiming for a Golden Slam this season. The Serb was defeated by Spain's Carreno Busta 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 in the bronze medal match after having lost to Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals before that.
'Oh goodness me!' - Angry Djokovic with 'big racket smash' against net post
Djokovic somehow avoided a warning, despite Carreno Busta questioning his opponent's conduct with the umpire.
Then later in the third set, he let rip with a violent smash of his racket against the net post - right in front of the umpire. This time, he did receive a warning, but Carreno Busta felt he should have been docked a point.
"Oh goodness me!" came the reaction from the Eurosport commentary box. "That was a big racket smash from Djokovic! I don't know what he's thinking at the moment. He needs to be careful here."
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Eurosport tennis expert Annabel Croft gave her reaction in the Cube.
"He was going for that Golden Slam and he was bitterly, bitterly disappointed after that match against Alexander Zverev," Croft said.
"Going for the bronze medal was not what he wanted, what he came for, but you have to pick yourself up. It's an unusual scenario.
"There is a lot of history between these two - Djokovic got defaulted at the US Open for hitting the line judge against this very opponent.
"The frustration just boiled over - he smashed his racket against the net post and gets a warning. He did a good job of completely annihilating that racket and almost splintering it! He also chucked a racket into the stand and Carreno Busta was clearly trying to get the umpire to give him a warning and there was clearly a lot of emotion between them.
Unfortunately for Djokovic, he could not contain his emotions out there.
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"It was risky for Carreno Busta to try to get the umpire to give Djokovic a warning as he could have riled him, but he won through."