Novak Djokovic angrily launches racquet into stands in bronze medal clash


Djokovic was left frustrated in the deciding set of the bronze medal match (Picture: Getty/Eurosport)

Novak Djokovic cut a figure of frustration in his Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze medal clash against Pablo Carreno Busta and took out his rage on his racquet.

Djokovic, the world No. 1 from Serbia, had missed out on the Golden Slam by losing a semi-final clash with Alexander Zverev on Friday and had to return to court a day later to try and win a second career bronze.

There was no lack of effort on Djokovic’s part as he toiled against the Spaniard.

He saved a match point in a second set tiebreak to force a decider but suddenly started losing his cool in the early exchanges of the third.

Having missed a break point in the opening game, Djokovic launched one racquet angrily in the stands. Remarkably, he swerved a warning.

The racquet landed high up into the stands (Picture: Eurosport)

He was broken a game later and after falling 3-0 down he then decimated a second racquet right at the foot of the umpire’s chair.

Carreno Busta was left mystified how Djokovic hadn’t been handed a point penalty for two clear code violations, with Djokovic somehow only picking up a warning for the second offence.

This was the same opponent that Djokovic faced when he was disqualified from the US Open.

Djokovic, on that occasion, had fallen a break down in the first set and launched a ball angrily to the back of the court.

Unfortunately for him, it careered into the throat of a line judge and he was defaulted from the tournament.

He clearly hasn’t learned to control his temper since and can consider himself fortunate there were no fans in the Ariake Tennis Park or he could have faced more serious consequences.

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