Novak Djokovic smashes his racquet while practicing with Alexander Zverev at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Novak Djokovic unleashes his anger on court by smashing his racquet during a training session with Alexander Zverev at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic triumphed over the Italian, Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon Championships 2021 in a thrilling 4 set match. This win gave the Serbian his 6th Wimbledon win and his 20th Grand Slam title. The Big 3, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are now equaled for the most Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic has won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year. He is on track and in very good form to achieve a Calendar Golden Slam if he prevails at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and U.S. Open.

The Serbian landed in Tokyo earlier this week for the Olympic games and so his pursuit for the gold medal has now begun. He has never won an Olympic gold before but has a better opportunity this year after both, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer took the difficult decision to opt out from playing at the games.

After his win at Wimbledon, the Serbian admitted that he was confused on competing in the Olympics, saying he was “a little bit divided” about making the trip. However, just six days after his win at Wimbledon, Djokovic was filmed training in Kotor Bay, Montenegro, two days after announcing his participation in the Tokyo Olympics.

The world number one was also seen training in Tokyo first with Britain’s, Andy Murray yesterday and then with the young German, Alexander Zverev. During his latter training session, something unusual took place on court.

Djokovic smashing a racquet during a practice set against Alexander Zverev

Zverev vs Djokovic
Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic

Djokovic is described as a perfectionist by his coach Goran Ivanisevic, especially in training. However, during his training with Zverev in Tokyo, Novak got so frustrated that he smashed his racquet really hard on the court. The world has witnessed the Serbian smashing his racquets before during matches but has never seen something like this during a training session. He hit it with so much strength that it broke into pieces with its frame getting disoriented.

Novak has lost his cool against Alexander Zverev before but this time during a match. During the quarterfinals at the 2021 Australian Open in the third set when Zverev was up a break, Djokovic slammed his racquet on the court thrice after hitting Zverev’s service into the net.

Djokovic has unleashed his anger like this earlier this year. At the Belgrade Open in May, he smashed his racquet on the clay court in the second round against Mats Moraing. The German was playing exceptionally well in the second set, taking it into a tie breaker which got Novak frustrated.

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Ananya Agarwal is a sports enthusiast who is currently pursuing her B.Sc. Sports Management degree from Loughborough University, United Kingdom. She is extremely passionate and interested in almost any sport but especially Tennis, Formula 1 and Cricket.