Novak Djokovic has seemingly upset Vienna Tournament Director Herwig Straka with his comments following his shock exit from the competition.
Djokovic was well below his best in his quarterfinal defeat to lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego on Thursday, winning just three games in the entire match.
Afterwards, though, Djokovic said he got the two wins he needed to all-but guarantee the year-end world number one position, so he was ‘completely fine’ with the result.
“Yes, clinching the [year-end] number one had an effect on me today,” Djokovic said.
“I’ve done what I came here for, securing the number one. And I move completely fine with today’s result.
That, however, has rubbed Straka up the wrong way.
“I find such comments unnecessary,” Straka told Der Standard following Djokovic’s defeat.
“Even if you would think so, you don’t say that in any press conference.”
Djokovic, essentially, took advantage of a loophole in the temporary ATP rankings system that protects points until March 2021.
The system meant Djokovic could gain points by playing Vienna whilst it was impossible for him to gain anything by playing the Paris Masters next week.
Realistically, that was the only reason Vienna were able to attract Djokovic in the first place, and Straka accepts that.
“You have to live with that,” he explained. “Coronavirus is a special time.
“I am not complaining about it. We are very happy that we are taking place [at all].”
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