Novak Djokovic was left fuming with a fan during a crucial point of his match against Taylor Fritz on Tuesday.
Djokovic once again proved his prowess on the court with a dominant victory over Taylor Fritz at the US Open. This win marks a significant milestone in Djokovic’s career as it propelled him to his 47th Grand Slam semi-final, surpassing the record previously held by Roger Federer. The match took place on Arthur Ashe Stadium and ended with a score of 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in favor of Djokovic.
However, there was a moment where the Serbian star lost his cool.
Djokovic, the second seed, found himself embroiled in a heated moment. During a live volley with American player Taylor Fritz, a spectator’s shout of “Out!” disrupted Djokovic’s concentration, leading to him losing the point.
The Serbian tennis champion seemed to direct his frustration towards someone in his own box as this interruption led to him losing not just the breakpoint but the entire game. Despite this setback, Djokovic managed to secure a victory against the ninth seed, Fritz, with scores of 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. However, not before he requested the disruptive fan to be escorted out of the stadium.
Djokovic joked that he told his friends to have a word with him. The Serbian admitted that he was pretty annoyed with the fan at that point.
“He was actually in the box where some of my friends were. I don’t know who the guy was; but yeah, I was pretty annoyed by him at that point. I was communicating with my friends to have a little chat with him,” Djokovic laughed.
“I’m actually glad the crowd wants to get into it, because it means the match is interesting, that they want to be part of it, that they’re having fun. At the end of the day, they pay to come and watch you play, so we try to put on a show. âæ Sometimes [they] might have an interaction with the player, like this guy. I’m sorry for him, but he was really annoying at that point.”