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‘From the first point…’: Furious Novak Djokovic calls for ‘drunk’ spectator to be removed during Australian Open match

FeaturedSports News'From the first point...': Furious Novak Djokovic calls for 'drunk' spectator to be removed during Australian Open match

Novak Djokovic Rod Laver reached the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-0 win over Enzo Kokad on Thursday at the Arena. The fourth seed battled problems with his hamstring and bounced back after losing the second set to Kokad. The Serbian superstar has won 21 Grand Slam titles and is looking for a record 22nd Grand Slam championship at the tournament.

During the match, Djokovic faced constant barbs from some on-court spectators which affected his gameplay. The situation became heated when the nine-time champion complained to chair umpire Fergus Murphy about deliberate provocation.

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“The guy’s drunk out of his mind,” an angry Djokovic can be heard telling the umpire, pointing to the fans in question.

“From the first point, he’s infuriating me. He’s not here to watch tennis, he just wants to get into my mind. You’ve heard it at least 10 times, I’ve heard it 50 times. You’re his. “What are you going to do about? Get him out of the stadium,” he complained.

At the end of the game, the fans in question were escorted out of the stadium.

Former British No. 1 Laura Robson supported Djokovic’s move and said it was understandable that Djokovic was ‘frustrated’ by the heckling from a section of the crowd.

“I think everyone will be a little disappointed with that level of heckling. And in a stadium like Rod Laver, you can hear everything when you’re on the court,” Robson told CNN Sport.

“There’s not a lot of distance between the people in the first two rows and the baseline. And so he was dealing with point after point and eventually, it was until the end of the match that he was kicked out, but you can understand the frustration. are,” he added.

Djokovic will face No. 27 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the third round of the tournament on Saturday.


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