Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on how he feels whenever he breaks racket

Even Djokovic has his moments when he loses his cool on the court.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on how he feels whenever he breaks racket
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Novak Djokovic says he is "a flawed human being" and admits he is "ashamed" when he breaks his rackets. Even world No 1 Djokovic - who is a record 24-time Grand Slam champion and the most accomplished male tennis player - has moments when he loses his cool and takes out his frustration on the racket.

"Well, look, you know, I, I have broken rackets in my (laugh) life, you know. No doubt about it. And I'm not proud about that. And I'm ashamed of myself when I do that, no doubt. But at the same time, you know, I accept myself as a flawed human being," Djokovic said on 60 Minutes on CBS News.

Djokovic recently stomped on two of his rackets

During last month's ATP Finals in Turin, Djokovic had a moment in which he lost his cool. After getting broken back by Holger Rune in the third set of their group stage match in Turin, Djokovic stomped on two of his rackets.

That worked out well for Djokovic, who went on to beat Rune 7-6 (4) 6-7 (1) 6-3. Djokovic managed to win the match but afterward admitted his actions weren't the best example of how a player should behave on the court. "Some people are saying that if you want to use that word 'pragmatic' for me to do that because then I can release whatever tension I'm holding and frustration and move on, maybe that was the case tonight.

But I wouldn't encourage anybody doing that. Neither do I encourage myself. I'm not happy. I'm not happy with that. I definitely don't like that I have done that, but I have done it and that is it and I have to take responsibility.

Yeah, I guess in some cases it has happened in the past where I do that and come back playing more freely, I guess, just letting go. There are different ways, maybe smarter ways to let go of the frustration than breaking a racket," Djokovic said after the match.

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