Banja Luka Open tennis 2023


By Damien McCartney and AP

Tennis is not normally often known as being a very harmful sport for spectators, however Novak Djokovic despatched crowds in his native Serbia ducking for canopy when he by accident threw his racquet into the stands.

Within the first set of his historic loss to compatriot Dusan Lajovic – his first loss to a fellow Serb in 11 years – Djokovic misplaced management of his racquet as he made a determined lunge throughout the courtroom.

It ended up nicely into the group, and a fortunate punter seemed as if he needed to maintain it as a memento earlier than a safety guard got here and grabbed it off him.

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Lajovic gained 6-4, 7-6 (6) to down Djokovic and rating the most important victory of his profession.

“The feelings are very blended as a result of I am taking part in right here in entrance of the house city and I am additionally taking part in in opposition to Nole, who is an effective pal and he is a hero of our nation,” he stated courtside after the match.

“Beating him, it is one thing that I did not even assume goes to be potential, however it occurred.”

Djokovic transformed solely one in every of 16 break probabilities, and missed three set factors within the tiebreaker.

His earlier loss to a fellow Serb was in 2012 to Janko Tipsarevic in Madrid.

“Dusan is a incredible individual, nice man,” Djokovic stated. “Somebody I’ve recognized for a really very long time, since he began taking part in skilled tennis.

“So many occasions on the Davis Cup workforce collectively, skilled collectively. I am joyful for him, to be trustworthy. He deserved to win at present.”

“I used to be many ranges beneath what I need. Taking part in like that, I am unable to win in opposition to opponents who’re so strong on this floor. However what can I do? It is merely sport. I used to be attempting however it wasn’t working.

“I did not really feel excellent bodily on courtroom. My legs had been sluggish, I missed loads of balls. I performed nicely at occasions, however typically nicely beneath customary.”

Following his third lack of the 12 months, Djokovic strikes on to the Madrid Open subsequent week.

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