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Novak Djokovic loses his cool, breaks two racquets at ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic suddenly lost his cool during an evenly matched match against Holger Rune on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the 2023 ATP Finals.

In the third set, Djokovic dropped a point and slammed both racquets on the floor in frustration. He eventually won in three sets, but his outburst was a rare display of emotion from the ever-calm Serb.

After the match, Djokovic admitted he wasn’t happy with his behavior.

“I mean, some people say, if you want to use the word ‘pragmatic’ to get me to do that because then I can release the tension and frustration in my mind and move on, and maybe that was the case tonight. But I wouldn’t encourage anybody to do that. I wouldn’t encourage myself to do that either,” he said in his post-match press conference.

Novak Djokovic loses his cool, breaks two racquets at ATP Finals

The 24-time Grand Slam champion further expressed his displeasure with his behavior and admitted there were smarter ways to ease the tension.

“I’m not happy. I don’t like that. I definitely don’t like that I did it, but I’ve done it and that’s it and I have to take responsibility. Yeah, I think in some cases, and it’s happened in the past, I would do that and come back and play with more freedom, I think, and just let it go. There are different ways, maybe smarter ways to release frustration than breaking a racket.” He added with a laugh.

Djokovic is aiming to win a record seventh ATP Finals title in this year’s tournament. He still has two group matches to play against Janik Sinner and Stefanos Sisypas.

World No. 1 Djokovic has won all three of his tour matches against Sinner, most recently in straight sets in the 2023 Wimbledon semifinals.

Djokovic leads the head-to-head record against Sisyphus, 11-2. He most recently defeated the Greek in straight sets in the 2023 Australian Open final.

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