World number two Novak Djokovic was all fired up as he took centre-stage at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, winning on the opening day against Dominic Thiem in London.
The Serb lost the first set through tie-break and vented his frustration by launching the ball into the crowd.
He was warned by the chair umpire about unsportsmanlike behaviour which could have lead to disqualification, but Djokovic redeemed himself and secured victory in the match by winning 12 out of the next 14 games.
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But, more attention was during the press conference when the 29-year-old got involved in an altercation with a reporter, who questioned his inappropriate conduct at the O2 Arena.
The Daily Mirror reporter asked about the similar traits of anger that has been showing in Djokovic throughout the year which further vexed the tennis star.
The full transcript can be read below:
Q - Back to the end of the first set, we saw you similarly venting your frustration at Roland Garros, throwing your racquet. Does it concern you one day that will cost you dearly? If it hit someone...
Djokovic - You guys are unbelievable.
Q - Why is it unbelievable?
Djokovic - Because you’re always picking these kind of things.
Q - If you keep doing these things...
Djokovic - I keep doing these things? Why don’t I get suspended then?
Q - You were close, weren't you?
Djokovic - I’m close? I’m still not suspended, so if I’m not close, I’m not close.
Q - If that ball had hit a spectator, it could have been serious.
Djokovic - It could have been, yes. It could have snowed in O2 arena, as well, but it didn’t.
Q - You’re not concerned about your mindset?
Djokovic - I’m the only player that shows his frustration on the court? That’s what you are saying?
Q - You’re one of the top-ranked players in the world.
Djokovic - So?
Q - You are showing this frustration. I’m asking you, do you think it’s an issue for you?
Djokovic - It is not an issue for me. It’s not the first time I did it.
2016 certainly has not been the best of years for the Belgrade-born ace, despite beginning the year with victories in Australian Open and French Open.
He failed to continue the form into Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Olympics, struggling in all three tournaments.
Experts and fans are speculating whether he can regain his phenomenal touch of previous years in the days ahead with Andy Murray favourite to end 2016 as the world number one.
Djokovic still has the credentials to answers his critics and prove them wrong by securing titles this term and beyond.
But questions still remain if he can control his temper when the situation is against him, like in the current scenario.
As the saying goes: ‘When the going gets tough, the tough gets going'.