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Unnerved Djokovic Beats Denis Shapovalov To Reach Fourth Round Of Australian Open

Tanuja Saikhom | 1 month ago

Former champion Novak Djokovic routed Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday. The top seed Serb finished with match 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to advance to the last 16 after having an epic meltdown during the match at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

The six-time champion was agitated after lights around the court were turned on before the third set. He was seen protesting to the umpire without his shirt on. Later, the 31-year-old tennis star gave sarcastic thumbs up to the crowd.

"There was no sense to turn the lights on when we have another four hours of daylight," he said.

It was not the first time for Djokovic to throw tantrum on the court. He has a history of smashing rackets.

Djokovic was at ease in the first two sets and earned a 4-1 lead in the third set. He made at least 33 unforced errors in the match played on a warm day. 

The 19-year-old won five games in a row to go into a fourth set, but the veteran was quick enough to wrap up the final set, marching toward his 15th Grand Slam title.

After the win Djokovic retained his number one ranking until the end of the tournament. He will meet 15th seed Daniil Medvedev, who defeated David Goffin 2-6, 6-7 (3-10), 3-6.