Rafael Nadal chides previous rival Novak Djokovic for angrily hurling his racket into the stands throughout Olympic defeat, calling his response ‘unusual’ and reminding him he is ‘an instance for a lot of kids’
Rafael Nadal has given Novak Djokovic a telling off after the Serbian threw his racket into the stands in his Olympic bronze medal defeat to Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
Djokovic levelled his match with Carreno Busta by profitable the second set however acquired off to a foul begin within the third and in a weird match of rage hurled his racket into the stands.
‘Fortunately there weren’t any followers within the stands and it did not result in something however these are issues that occur infrequently and you must try to keep away from them,’ Nadal informed a information convention forward of the Citi Open in Washington.
Rafa Nadal (proper) has rebuked Novak Djokovic (left) after the Serbian threw his racket in anger
Djokovic hurled his racket into the empty stands throughout his defeat to Pablo Carreno Busta
He additionally smashed a racket and hurled it into the web throughout an epic meltdown on court docket
‘It is vital to keep away from a lot of these conditions particularly in case you’re a reference for a lot of kids. On the finish of the day he is the world No 1 and among the best of all time.’
Djokovic has a behavior of shedding his mood in matches and was thrown out of final yr’s US Open after unintentionally placing a line decide with a ball.
Nadal admitted that the Serbian, who final month drew stage with him and Roger Federer on 20 grand slam triumphs, has an uncommon method of coping with his feelings on the court docket however put his outbursts all the way down to his aggressive nature.
He mentioned: ‘It is unusual that somebody who has had a lot success ought to react that method now and again however on the finish of the day he is very aggressive and reacts like that.
‘It is not the most effective picture.’
Djokovic has a behavior of shedding his mood in matches and Nadal mentioned: ‘It is not the most effective picture’
Nadal is enjoying on the Citi Open to arrange for the US Open after lacking the final two months
Djokovic ended Nadal’s four-year profitable streak on the French Open earlier this yr with a shock victory within the semi-finals, after which the Spaniard determined to withdraw from Wimbledon and the Olympics to permit his physique to get well.
However he’s making his comeback within the hardcourt season and the Citi Open in Washington is step one in direction of his preparation for the U.S Open later this month.
‘My physique determined for me, if I may have chosen I by no means would have missed Wimbledon nor the Olympics,’ he mentioned.
‘I’m taking steps ahead and hope to be prepared so I can compete effectively.’