Novak Djokovic was left furious with fans at Pat Rafter Arena in his clash with South African Kevin Anderson.
During the first set tiebreak, Djokovic blasted the crowd after he re-established his break lead 4-2. The Serbian lashed out at fans over the level of noise being made during his intense rally with Anderson, raising his racquet in the air in a verbal outburst.
Only moments before, the 32-year-old clashed with the chair umpire after he was denied the opportunity to challenge.
Djokovic lost out on a point in which he argued the fans were making too much noise, prompting his request for a challenge.
“I have to have a right to challenge, I stopped the game,” Djokovic said to the chair umpire. “Why are you not allowing me to challenge?”
Fortunately for the Joker, his brief outburst didn’t affect his hopes of taking out the set. Despite coughing up a 4-1 lead and squandering the chance of earning a double break, Djokovic did it the hard way and secured the set in a tough tiebreak.