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.
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.
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.”
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.