Despite qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters 1000, Novak Djokovic had it wrong on Tuesday. In question, a volley from Cameron Norrie right in the ankles, while the Serb, knowing the point lost after a bad dismissal, turned his back on the action and lost interest in the volley of the Briton.
Although he apologized immediately for this (a priori) involuntary gesture, Djoko did not pass the towel if we believe the black looks he gave him until the end of the match. Questioned in a press conference after his victory, the world number 1 was very up.
Oh Djokovic's black eyes! 😬
The tension escalated when Cameron Norrie hit Djokovic in the ankles on a powerful smash! The Serb didn't like it at all... #HomeOfTennis #IBI23 pic.twitter.com/buK7hf9Fm1
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"He has the right to take an MTO (medical timeout), to hit a player, to say 'come on!' in my face after more or less every point. It's not fair play, it's not how we behave with each other. But it's allowed," Djokovic said.
"Cameron is a very nice guy off the court so I don't understand that kind of attitude on the court. But that's the way it is. He set it on fire and I answered. I'm not going to let someone behave like that and put their head down. I will respond," he concluded. In the quarter-finals, the "Djoker" will be opposed to Holger Rune, one of the members of the new generation with a hot hot temperament. See also
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