‘I was stressed out’ – Novak Djokovic overcomes frustration to advance in Rome

Novak Djokovic briefly let his frustrations at the weather get to him at the Rome Open, but he still had enough to ease past Taylor Fritz.

Rain had been falling from the start of the match but play continued right up until midway through the second set, when it was eventually suspended.

Shortly before that, Djokovic expressed his irritation to the chair umpire roaring at him: “How much more do you want to play?!

“I asked you three times and you are not checking anything.”

After a lengthy rain delay, though, Djokovic was able to come back on court and close out an ultimately routine 6-3, 7-6 win before apologising to the umpire.

“I was stressed out in the end obviously, but I think it was the right call to stop the match,” Djokovic said.

“When I came back, I thought we were quite even actually till the last point. I’m glad that I managed to finish off this match in straight sets.

“I know I can play better, and I’m going to work tomorrow trying to make sure I do that in two days.

“It was a very strange match with strange conditions. Obviously, playing under the rain nonstop for almost two full sets, it is challenging for both me and him.

“I thought that I had an advantage there because the conditions were slower which allows me to return his serves, because he’s got really big serves.”

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