RAFAEL NADAL has criticised Novak Djokovic for his Olympics meltdown final week.
The Serbian threw one racket into the stands throughout his Bronze Medal match with Nadal’s Spanish compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, whereas he violently smashed one other in anger throughout his 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 defeat.
Rafael Nadal is again in motion this week in WashingtonCredit score: AP
Novak Djokovic smashed his racket in TokyoCredit score: AFP
And talking forward of his participation in Washington’s Citi Open this week, Nadal admitted that he would anticipate higher behaviour from a world No1.
The 35-year-old stated: “Fortunately there have been no individuals within the stands and nothing else occurred, however hey, they’re issues that occur once in a while.
“It’s a must to attempt to keep away from them. The picture just isn’t one of the best.
“It is very important keep away from this, particularly as a task mannequin for a lot of youngsters. He’s the No1 on the earth and one in every of greatest in historical past.
I’m sorry for sending this type of message
“It’s unusual that somebody so profitable reacts this fashion once in a while, however in the long run he’s very aggressive and reacts like that.”
Djokovic, 34, did apologise for his antics after the match, saying: “I’m sorry for sending this type of message.”
However the incident capped a sorry week for the 20-time main winner – who noticed his hopes of profitable a historic ‘Golden Slam’ finish in tatters.
He’ll now mud himself down and re-calibrate forward of the US Open, with the potential for a primary profession calendar Grand Slam haul nonetheless beckoning.
Standing in his manner, nevertheless, may very well be Nadal, with the previous world No1 making his return to the tour this week.
The four-time US Open winner was final seen being beaten by Djokovic at Roland Garros, having missed Wimbledon and the Olympics as a consequence of harm.
However he’s set to be again within the combine in Flushing Meadows, having since returned to full well being.
Nadal is anticipated to take to the courtroom in DC on Wednesday, when he’ll play both dwelling hopeful Jack Sock or gifted Japanese star Yoshihito Nishioka.
Nadal, 35 has been off the tour since dropping to Djokovic at Roland GarrosCredit score: Reuters
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