Novak Djokovic rips the chair umpire: "A ridiculous choice"

The Serbian champion reached the semifinals of the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy after an epic match won against Holger Rune, not without some controversy

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Novak Djokovic rips the chair umpire: "A ridiculous choice"
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Novak Djokovic took his personal revenge against Holger Rune, a tennis player who prevented him from triumphing at the Rolex Paris Masters in Paris-Bercy last year, and reached the 76th semifinal in an ATP Masters 1000 event.

Nole talked at the press conference about the match and his goals, not sparing criticism of the chair umpire. "It was a match quite similar to the one played here last year, with constant ups and downs. Today I played one of the worst tie-breaks of my entire life, but I was able to recover in the third set.

Rune is playing much better in the last few weeks, since working with Boris Becker. I congratulate him for remaining solid throughout the match and showing his mental strength. Fortunately today I felt much better physically than yesterday." Djokovic then focused on the chair umpire's choice to award the Hawk-Eye to Rune, despite the latter waiting for the outcome of his shot: "It was a mistake that could have cost me the match.

He shouldn't have allowed Holger to ask for verification, it was a difficult situation for him, but what he did seemed ridiculous to me. Hostile crowd? If I wasn't prepared for challenges of this caliber I wouldn't play. I think I was born ready for battles like these.

I still have I'm hungry and I want to keep winning."

The match against Rune

The Serbian did well to take advantage of the only opportunity offered to him by the Dane in the first set, closing with a volley that ended on the line.

In the second set of the game, however, the Belgrade native made a misstep and allowed Rune to even the score by losing the tie-break after wasting a match point at 5-4. As only great champions can do, Djokovic reacted in the best way in the decisive set and protected the advantage gained at the start thanks to two fantastic defensive lobs, with care and determination.

The one with Rune was not a trivial challenge both due to the value of the opponent faced and the presence of Boris Becker. The former German legend has in fact become Rune's new coach a few weeks ago.

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