Things are not going Novak Djokovic’s way at the U.S. Open.
During Sunday’s U.S. Open final between Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, the former let his frustration show in a big way during the second set. After losing the first set 6-4, Djokovic was looking to make a comeback to tie up the match when he hit a routine forehand out of bounds.
In response to the mistake, Djokovic melted down and smashed up his racket in anger at his performance while the U.S. Open crowd cheered along with the proceedings. Here’s how the moment went down at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
— ESPN (@espn) September 12, 2021
Still no break, huge frustration for Djokovic pic.twitter.com/q3PrYGD7z3
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) September 12, 2021
Djokovic was given a racket abuse warning for the incident as well.
Prior to his frustrated outburst, Djokovic also was visibly angered after hitting a ball back into the net earlier in the set as well.
Pressure is a privilege, eh? pic.twitter.com/ZrsLHmD1d9
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) September 12, 2021
Sunday’s match is quite the historic one for Djokovic, as a win could give him the first men’s Grand Slam in 52 years. This isn’t the first time, however, that Djokovic has let his frustrations get the better of him and then smash his racket in anger at a major event.