Novak Djokovic fights his way back from the abyss to win the EPIC Adelaide final after falling out with his team
Novak Djokovic ordered his brother out of the players’ box in an extraordinary collapse on the court before winning the Adelaide International final.
The Serbian star had lost his first set to world No. 33 Sebastian Korda when he was visibly frustrated and pointed to the company box.
His brother Marko and one other person then left the area before Djokovic fought his way back onto the court and won the epic three-set thriller.
Sports commentator Roger Rasheed claimed the sports star was furious but determined to win the showdown.
“He pointed to his box and two out of five members are no longer there,” he said.
Novak Djokovic beat Sebastian Korda in an epic final in Adelaide on Sunday
“That’s probably living proof that he’s dying to win this final. He’s put on his game face mixed with a bit of anger at the moment.
After a 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 win in a match that lasted three hours and eight minutes, the 21-time Grand Slam champion conceded it wasn’t an easy one had been night.
“I want to thank my team for treating me and for tolerating me in good times and bad,” he said during the on-pitch interview after the game.
“I’m sure they didn’t enjoy it that much today that I went back and forth with them, but I appreciate them being here.
“My brother Marko is here too, I don’t see him that often so I appreciate you coming here, I love you. It was a great week and you made it even more special for me.”
Djokovic pinched his left hamstring in Saturday’s semi-final win over Daniil Medvedev but overcame the setback in the decider against Korda.
The Serb had a bizarre argument with members of his entourage, prompting two of them to leave his coaching box at the end of the first set
Djokovic was visibly frustrated at times during Sunday’s match against Korda
The win was a big boost in confidence for Djokovic, who is aiming for a 10th Australian Open title later this month.
The win also extended his winning streak in Australia to 34 games over five years.
Korda, the 22-year-old American son of 1998 Czech Australian Open winner Petr Korda, won many fans with an amazing performance against one of the greatest players of all time.
The first set was a gripping affair with numerous momentum swings and set points for both players.
Korda sealed the crucial break to take a 5-4 lead but missed three set points at 40-0 to allow Djokovic to break and level the contest.
Djokovic was unable to convert his own set point at 6-5 as Korda unleashed a powerful serve.
The tiebreak was even more intense, with Korda choking again at crucial moments.
Korda gambled away a 6-3 lead, the third of those set points being a horror shot from close range when he took control of most of the court.
Korda won the opening set and had saved a championship point in the second set
Djokovic also had a moment to forget when the 21-time Grand Slam winner framed a shot into the crowd during his own set point.
Korda finally arrived well at his seventh set point while Djokovic was furious on his way to his rest stop.
Djokovic sat down before yelling at his supporter box and ordering two of his retainers to leave the area.
The second set was a close affair but Korda clinched a championship point with Djokovic’s serve.
The Serb fought back from the abyss to triumph 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in over three hours
Djokovic saved the match point with a nervous overhead smash and he came with the goods to level the match. The third set seemed headed for a tie-break before Djokovic struck as Korda consolidated late.
And the Serb, who hasn’t lost on Australian soil since he was upset by South Korea’s Hyeon Chung in the fourth round of the 2018 Australian Open, praised his younger rival.
“I would say you were closer to the win today than I was – it was decided by a shot or two, a point or two,” he told Korda.
“Unlucky today but the future is bright for you so just keep going you’re a great player.”
Djokovic praised Korda after the match and admitted his rival had been the better player
Djokovic also thanked the Australian crowd for their support since returning to the country after his controversial deportation last year in the wake of his decision not to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
“It was a great week and you made it even more special,” said Djokovic during the award ceremony, according to atptour.com.
“It’s definitely a gift for me to be standing here. I gave everything today and all week to get my hands on the trophy.
“The support I’ve received over the last 10 days is something I don’t think I’ve experienced too often in my life so thank you very much [to] all for the coming out of every single game.’
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