- "Not the last racket I'll break:" Djokovic battles into Italian Open semi-finals
"Not The Last Racket I'll Break:" Djokovic Battles Into Italian Open Semi-finals
Zeeshan Mehtab 1 month ago Sun 20th September 2020 | 01:26 AM
Top men's seed Novak Djokovic let his frustrations spill over, breaking his racket during a tough 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 quarter-final victory over qualifier Dominik Koepfer in the Italian Open on Saturday
Rome, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Sep, 2020 ) :Top men's seed Novak Djokovic let his frustrations spill over, breaking his racket during a tough 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 quarter-final victory over qualifier Dominik Koepfer in the Italian Open on Saturday.
Two weeks after his US Open default for accidently hitting a line judge with a ball, the Serb struggled to contain his emotions, throwing his racket after a lost service game, with shouts of anger resounding in the silence of the empty Central Court of Foro Italico.
"Well, let me tell you that it's not the first nor the last racquet that I'll break in my career. I have done it before," he warned.
"I'll probably do it again. I don't want to do it, but when it comes, it happens.
"That's how I guess I release sometimes my anger.
"It's unpredictable really in life what can happen. I am working on my mental and emotional health as much as I'm working on my physical health.
"It's always been part of my, I guess, training and recovery, as well, developing strong character and understanding myself on different levels, the holistic approach to life.
"That's just me, and of course I'm not perfect. I'm doing my best." Djokovic was broken four times before advancing to his 11th semi-final in Rome, where he reached the final nine times and won four titles.
"Credit to (Dominik) for fighting back, but I have myself to blame for putting myself in a position to play a third set," said Djokovic.
"I was a set and a break up and everything was looking great. I just wasn't managing to make that final shot, that final step to win in straights." The 33-year-old next plays Norway's Casper Ruud who also needed to fight to get past Italian fourth seed Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5).
"Clay is definitely Casper's preferred surface," said Djokovic of his first meeting with the 34th-ranked Norwegian.
"This is where he feels most comfortable. It's semi-finals and it is anybody's game. I'll do some homework and be ready for that one." Ruud -- son of former tennis player Christian Ruud -- becomes the first Norwegian to reach the last four of a Masters tournament.
Ruud, 21, was relishing "a great opportunity for me to play against one of the big three".