Djokovic ‘kicks someone out of his box’ after losing set in final

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Novak Djokovic appeared to call on a member of his team to leave his box after losing a monumental 73-minute opening set to Sebastian Korda in the final of the Adelaide International. Both men had set point chances throughout but it was the 22-year-old who took it 7-6(8) in the tiebreak before the top seed could be seen waving off someone in his camp, as his brother Marko was seen walking out.

Djokovic lost a closely-fought first set in the final of the Adelaide International as Korda was able to take it 10-8 in the first set tiebreak on what was his seventh set point. The 22-year-old had been 5-4 40-0 up on his own serve but gave into the pressure and was dragged into a tiebreak, with the Serb also having two set points of his own, but it was Korda who finally came out on top after an hour and 13 minutes.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion was visibly frustrated after losing the first set despite playing better tennis and winning more points overall according to the stats, as he started pointing at his box and waving someone off before he had even reached his bench for the changeover. He continued to gesture to his team as he sat down, also shouting over to them, as commentators suggesting he was trying to kick someone out.

“I’m not sure if I’m not seeing this but I think he’s dismissing someone from his box,” Dom Inglot said, as Pete Odgers responded: “Of course there has been changes to his box. He switched his fitness coach Ulises Badio, brother now in the camp but that wasn’t his brother he was telling to leave.”

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