Four instances when Novak Djokovic lost his cool
There are numerous occasions when a player shows their frustration during a match. It happens to even the best of players. It is nothing to do with behavioral issues or anything. It’s the passion to win every time they step onto the playing arena that makes them lose their cool head. You all must be knowing that frustration can get the better of you especially when you or your team are not in a great position. That’s human nature and we cannot do much about it.
The great Serb Novak Djokovic, who happens to be the only player to win all Grand Slams and ATP 1000 Masters titles has lost his cool on many occasions. We are not going to look at all of them but we will be looking into four major instances when Novak Djokovic lost his cool.
#1 Cincinnati Masters 2018
Earlier this year in Cincinnati, Novak Djokovic after already being a tad frustrated with having to finish his third round clash with Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov earlier in the day, showed signs of frustration again in his quarterfinal match against Canadian Milos Raonic. Both players were hardly giving each other a sniff at break point opportunities until the Canadian managed to do so in the seventh game of the first set.
As soon as the game was lost, Djokovic smashed his racquet several times against the floor until it was broken into two. His emotions were getting the better of him as he walked back to his chair to unwrap a brand new racquet. At that very moment, he needed to regain his composure and he did exactly that. He broke Raonic in the 10th game to restore parity and went on to break him again in the following game to win the opening set. Raonic came back strongly in the second set to level things up at one set apiece.
The Serb seemed a bit annoyed but held his shape. His calmness in the deciding set helped him overcome a dogged Raonic. He in fact went all the way and won the title by beating Roger Federer in the final. Prior to that, he defeated Marin Cilic in the semis.