Novak Djokovic had a big win at the US Open against Taylor Fritz, and it was a special one because it marked his 47th Grand Slam semi-final, breaking Roger Federer’s previous record. Djokovic was playing on the famous Arthur Ashe Stadium, and he won the match 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
However, there was a moment during the match that made Djokovic quite upset. While he was in a heated rally with Taylor Fritz, a fan in the crowd shouted “Out!” It disrupted Djokovic’s focus, and he ended up losing the point. This made him really frustrated, and he even directed his anger towards someone in his own box.
Unfortunately, the interruption cost Djokovic not just the point but the entire game. Despite this setback, he managed to secure a victory over Taylor Fritz, who was the ninth seed. The final scores were 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. But before the match could continue, Djokovic made sure that the disruptive fan was escorted out of the stadium.
Djokovic even joked about the incident, saying that he asked his friends to talk to the disruptive fan. He admitted that the fan’s behavior annoyed him quite a bit.
“The guy was actually sitting in the box where some of my friends were. I don’t know who he was, but yeah, I was pretty annoyed by him at that point. I was telling my friends to have a little chat with him,” Djokovic laughed.
Watch Novak Djokovic Anger on Fan
A fan just yelled “Out!” while Novak Djokovic & Taylor Fritz were playing a point.
Fans that do this should be kicked out immediately & don’t deserve a 2nd chance.
Beyond disrespectful to both players. pic.twitter.com/SNaIuGEL3C
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) September 5, 2023
He also mentioned that he’s glad the crowd gets involved in the matches because it means they find the game interesting and want to be a part of it. Djokovic understands that the fans pay to watch the players and enjoy the show. Sometimes, they might even have interactions with the players, like in this case, although he did feel sorry for the disruptive fan, saying he was really annoying at that moment.