Novak Djokovic lost his cool and broke his racket during his dramatic win over Holger Rune at the ATP Finals.
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Novak Djokovic lost his cool and broke his racket during his dramatic win over Holger Rune at the ATP Finals.

Novak Djokovic lost his cool in a heated duel with Holger Rune on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the 2023 ATP Finals.

After a marathon three-hour thriller, the Serb scored a decisive break in the deciding set to win 7-6 (4), 6-7 (1) and 6-3. However, Djokovic’s victory was overshadowed by a mistake in the third set, when he smashed two racquets on the ground until they were broken.

Novak Djokovic lost his cool and broke his racket during his dramatic win over Holger Rune at the ATP Finals.

While Djokovic apologized and admitted that he discourages such behavior, his outburst sparked a debate about the role of hitting in tennis. Some argue that it is a harmless way for players to vent their frustrations, while others argue that it sets a bad example for young players and promotes violence.

Regardless of one’s opinion on hitting racquets, Djokovic’s outbursts are a clear indication of the pressure he is under to maintain his dominance as the world’s top player. He is aiming to win a record seventh ATP Finals title at this year’s event, and he knows he can’t afford to lose to Cinna and Sissipas in the remainder of the group stage matches.

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