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Novak explodes: ‘Have you ever played?’

August 12, 2019


Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts as he plays against Austria’s Dominic Thiem. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Source:APDominic Thiem will take on clay GOAT Rafael Nadal in the French Open Final after winning a five-set semi-final against World No 1 Novak Djokovic. Two rain delays punctuated the result as Thiem won 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5  It was an epic match that took four hours and 13 minutes and finished more than 24 hours after the match first started  It sees Thiem through to his second straight French Open final against Nadal, who is gunning for his 12th French Open crown  It was an excellent performance from Thiem and Djokovic but the Serbian World No 1 stole the show with his antics, unleashing an extraordinary rant on the chair umpire  Djokovic had complained about the wind before the match was postponed on Friday and brought out the list of complains again on Saturday  The Serbian complained about the umpire calling out the score too quickly after points as he was given a violation for exceeding his 25 second shot clock  He was then given an unsportsmanlike conduct warning at the end of the third set as Thiem broke Djokovic to go up two sets to one  The star unloaded on the umpire in the break between sets. “You are starting the shot clock one second after the point is finished, because that’s the rules right?” Djokovic started  The umpire said: “By the rules, it’s 25 seconds.” Djokovic replied: “Have you ever played tennis?” Djokovic hit back “You’ve played tennis right? So you know how it is in this situation at 5-6, long point, the crowd is still clapping, right? You know how it is, right? Okay ” Djokovic then took a drink from his water bottle and then added: “Well done man, well done You’ve made yourself a name. You’ve made yourself recognisable, important. Good job You’ll get all the credit after the match.”Novak Djokovic wasn’t happy.Source:Getty Images It was a huge expression of frustration as Djokovic’s shot at holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time appeared to be slipping away  On Friday Djokovic complained about having to play in high winds and he carried his anger into his post-match press conference, describing it as “one of the worst conditions I have ever been part of”  “When you’re playing in hurricane kind of conditions, it’s hard to perform your best,” a bitter Djokovic told reporters “It’s really just kind of surviving in these kind of conditions and trying to hold your serve and play one ball more than your opponent in the court  “That’s what it felt like playing yesterday.”Novak Djokovic discusses a ball mark with the referee (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Source:AP Djokovic also sprayed officials for making the two players slug it out for longer than he thought was fair on Friday  “When the supervisor came on the court, he said as long as there are no flying objects coming on to the court, we’re good,” fumed Djokovic  “I didn’t know that an umbrella is not a flying object, which flew in in the first game of the match, but that’s their decision  “I guess they know tennis better.” The 2019 French Open is live and on demand on Kayo Sports for just $25 per month for two devices at once on Apple, Android and Telstra TV, for Apple and Google Android smartphones, on web browsers and via Google Chromecast Ultra devices Click here for your free trial.Novak Djokovic couldn’t believe the ball was called long Source:FOX SPORTS Djokovic’s mood wasn’t helped by another confrontation during the fifth set The first point upon the resumption of play after the rain delay was a controversial one with Djokovic pulling out as he thought a ball went long  The umpire came down and said the ball was touching. Djokovic was incredulous and had ever right to be with the ball going 9mm long, according to Hawkeye  It spurned him on, breaking back and returning the match to serve at 4-3 in the fifth  But just as it was all going right for Djokovic, Thiem broke back, serving for the match at 5-3  The rollercoaster continued as the World No. 1 hit back with a break and saving two match points before then holding his serve to make it 5-all  Thiem won his serve and then ended the match in a tense break on his third match point  The result sees Thiem through to his second straight French Open final, snapping Djokovic’s extraordinary 26-match winning streak in Grand Slams  It also ends his bid to hold all four titles at the same time for the second time in his career

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  • Reply Norwall June 13, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Very great tennis vids. Can't wait to see more!

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