Novak Djokovic explains ATP Finals outburst against Matteo Berrettini

Novak Djokovic caught everybody by surprise when he vented his anger at his box while leading Matteo Berrettini 6-2, 4-0 in his opening ATP Finals tie this afternoon.

The Serbian lost his serve for the first time all match and was upset at letting his standards drop – even if only for a brief moment.

World No 2 Djokovic went on to claim the next two games and wrap up the win inside 62 minutes.

And he then explained why he was overcome with emotion while completely in control of the match.

“I mean, look, you know – yes, to answer your question simply, probably yes, is no other reasonable explanation than trying to play as perfect as possible. But I guess that’s me, you know,” Djokovic said.

“Everyone is different. Throughout my career, I always intended and always tried to perfect my game and, you know, in the midst of a battle and heat of the moment, sometimes you just get frustrated with certain things regardless of the results.

“Sometimes I really don’t mind the results as much as I care about the execution of certain shots or tactics or whatever it is. That’s all it is (smiling).”

Djokovic will face the winner of Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem in his second group match on Tuesday.

And if Thiem pulls off an upset then 16-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic knows what type of player he will be up against.

“I think he was mentioning earlier in the week that this has been probably his best season, winning at home in Vienna, and of course that was a very important win for him, Indian Wells,” Djokovic said.

“We know how good of a player he is on clay. He’s been proving that he can play equally well on other surfaces.

“He’s already established top-five, top-10 player. We don’t need to talk about his qualities. Quality is great.

“His dedication and professionalism and hard work ethics is fantastic, and he’s a really nice guy. So all positive things about him.

“His coach, Nico Massu, that I have known for many years and I have played against him, as well, they are a great team and they deserve to be here.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how he plays against Federer tonight, and then we’ll see after that.”

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