Djokovic Slammed For 'Desperation Move' In Loss To World No. 123 By Roddick

Djokovic Slammed For 'Desperation Move' In Loss To World No. 123 By Roddick

by Zachary Wimer

Novak Djokovic was visibly frustrated during his match against Luca Nardi at the 2024 Indian Wells Open, and Andy Roddick was not impressed with his behaviour.

The Serbian is not a perfect human, like neither of us, nor has he ever pretended to be one. His outbursts are quite known, and it's something he's accepted is not a very welcome sight on a tennis court.

For the most part, he's been able to keep it under wraps, but at times, he does explode. That's what happened at the Indian Wells Open recently during a match against Luca Nardi.

It wasn't a good match for Djokovic, as he lost in three sets to the world no. 123. The controversy seemed rather desperate to Roddick, who talked about it on the most recent episode of his 'Served with Roddick' podcast.

"It's a desperation move, I don't see any world where Novak [Djokovic] should ever be desperate against someone ranked 123 in the world. One, the guy didn't stop. Like, you watch it, he didn't stop."

Djokovic was not happy. He thought his opponent stopped playing, after which he stopped playing. Nardi never stopped, though, and he won the point, which was a break point, so Djokovic obviously wasn't happy with it. He argued with the umpire, which Roddick just found odd.

"Like, there have been 27 other clips of him (Djokovic) where... and I hate this, to turn back the clock 13 years and expect us to remember a certain point, but like there are all these things of Novak kind of definitely not stopping, but stopping way more than Nardi did in that point."

"Nardi did not stop. And even if your opponent stops, that doesn't mean that you have to. Quite the opposite! If they stop, you keep going, you win the point."

Ultimately, Roddick just didn't like the whole sequence of events because it seemed desperate from arguably the best player in the world. He also didn't like the way Djokovic talked to his opponent about the situation during the handshake.

"So it's like, to choose to... one, be wrong about what someone else is doing. Then make the wrong decision on continuation, then make a stink about it to the ref, and then mention it to a young player who just had the biggest moment of their lives at the handshake is just an unforced error in my mind."


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