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Novak Djokovic tells umpire he has 'no clue' after time violation

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Novak Djokovic may have won all three of his matches in the ATP World Tour Finals, but he doesn’t seem entirely happy.

The Serb beat David Goffin, a substitute for injured Gael Monfils, 6-1 6-2 to make it a hat-trick of victories.

But Djokovic channelled his inner John McInroe during the win after an argument with the umpire and then a tournament supervisor. It came after the world number two was penalised for a time violation in the first set by umpire Fergus Murphy.

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Djokovic believed he should have been given a warning before being given an official penalty and, during a long rant, claimed Murphy had “no clue about the game”.

Djokovic proceeded to have a conversation with a tournament supervisor, who then informed him that umpires don’t technically have to give verbal warnings.

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But it’s not the first time we’ve seen this argumentative side of Djokovic in recent days. He smashed the ball into the ground after losing a first-set tie-break to Dominic Thiem last week, with the ball narrowly avoiding his players’ box.

He received a warning from umpire Carlos Bernardes and was questioned by journalists whether his conduct could have seen him disqualified.

He hit back: “It could have been, yes. It could have snowed in the O2 as well, but it didn’t.”

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When Djokovic was asked if he was worried if such outbursts could one day cost him, he said: “You guys are unbelievable. You’re always picking on these kind of things.”

A reporter then said: “But if you keep doing these things…”

Djokovic replied: “I keep doing these things? Why don’t I get suspended then? I’m the only player that shows frustration? It’s not the first time I did it.”

It seems as though Djokovic didn’t take too kindly to dropping down to number two in the world with Andy Murray leapfrogging after all.

A meeting between the pair could await in the final with the winner taking the number one spot in the rankings.

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Topics:
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
ATP World Tour Finals
Roger Federer
Tennis
Andy Murray

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