Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019

Novak Djokovic fumes at umpire during Japan Open clash: ‘Don’t play these games with me’ | Tennis | Sport

Djokovic was leading 6-3, 5-4 as Soeda was serving to stay in the tournament.

But then the world No 1 fumed at the officials when Soeda won the longest rally of the day.

Djokovic felt the Japanese star’s shot landed out and he claimed to have heard an “out” call from the line judge so he did not challenge.

However, the decision was actually in and the Serbian lost his cool.

The 16-time Grand Slam winner walked over to the chair umpire to remonstrate and demand the point be decided by Hawk-Eye.

“I challenged the call. Don’t play these games with me,” Djokovic raged at the umpire.

“It is like this out [signals with fingers]. I heard a noise and she said out. She didn’t show it but she said out.”

The umpire summoned a ball boy from near where Djokovic was stood asked him: “Don’t be afraid, did you make any noise?

“I will allow the challenge.”

And Djokovic was proved to be right as the decision went his way after the challenge.

The 32-year-old is hoping to win the Japan Open to strengthen his chance of finishing the year as world No 1.

And Amazon tennis pundit Barry Cowan believes it is in Djokovic’s hands despite pressure from Rafael Nadal.

He said: “Djokovic is around 2,500 points behind Nadal in that race for No 1.

“There is 500 points to win here and 1000 next week in Shanghai.

“I would be surprised if Djokovic played in Basel or Vienna.

“There’s then 1,000 points in Paris and of course the 1,500 he can win in London.

“[Djokovic] will still feel it’s in his hands.”

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