Italian tennis legend rips Novak Djokovic over behavior against Jannik Sinner

Adriano Panatta not happy with Djokovic's behavior during the Sinner match.

by Dzevad Mesic
Italian tennis legend rips Novak Djokovic over behavior against Jannik Sinner
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Italian tennis legend and 1976 French Open champion Adriano Panatta wasn't happy with Novak Djokovic's behavior during the Jannik Sinner match because he felt the Serb was trying to pull off dirty tactics and break the Italian's rhythm.

On Tuesday night, Sinner beat Djokovic 7-5 6-7 (5) 7-6 (2) in front of a sold-out crowd in Turin. The match featured everything - from high-level tennis to the Turin crowd getting into it with Djokovic. Sinner was playing great throughout the entire match and he also had the support from the entire arena.

In the end, Sinner earned his first win over Djokovic in their fourth match but Panatta still wasn't happy with some things from the match. “Have you ever seen Federer or Nadal behave the way Djokovic did tonight? He would have bet anything that he would try for the match to break the rhythm, he always does.

First the bathroom, then the physio, he tries everything. I don't like that attitude at all, thank goodness Sinner doesn't care, he stays there calmly," Panatta said during his commentary for RAI.

Djokovic gets called out by Panatta after losing to Sinner

Going into his ATP Finals match against Sinner, Djokovic was 3-0 against the Italian.

But in Turin, 22-year-old Sinner finally managed to end on the winning side against Djokovic. Sinner was extremely motivated to beat Djokovic and the Serb wasn't surprised by seeing that. "They want to take the scalp. Jannik did that tonight.

It's normal to lose some of the matches like this, but I have to be content with the fight, the fighting spirit. I managed to make a comeback from a set down, a break down in the third set, playing in really challenging and difficult conditions on the court today. I'm proud of the fight that I put in. It just wasn't enough for the win," Djokovic said after the loss to Sinner.

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