In the opening round of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic defeated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. After only 25 minutes, Novak indicated to chair umpire Aurelie Tourte that he needed to use the restroom. Due to some unknown reason, Eurosport published a video and claimed that Novak disobeyed the official.
A post was published on social media by a 21-time Major champion to clarify the issue and outline what occurred. Djokovic criticized Eurosport for the way they handled the entire situation and demanded that they show greater respect for their audience.
Since Adelaide, Novak has been battling with a left leg ailment; he strained a little bit against the Spaniard in the second set, but he maintained control. Despite dropping serve once in each of the first two sets, Carballes Baena fought valiantly to advance the world no. 5 into the next round. To put pressure on the other team, Novak served nine aces and successfully blocked all three break attempts. The Serb controlled his strokes well in the third and produced excellent shotmaking with 41 winners and 21 unforced errors.
Djokovic successfully used 47% of the return points to create five breaks. The Serb took a break at love in game six with a forehand down the line winner, ending the first part of the opening set with the Spaniard still in contention.
After that, Djokovic continued to serve brilliantly and made an ace at 5-3 to win the first game in 42 minutes. In the second set, Novak held his ground during his serve games and awaited return opportunities.
What happened against Roberto Carballes Baena was recounted by Novak Djokovic.
In order to win the set 6-4 and advance closer to the finish line, a nine-time winner broke the opponent’s serve at 3-3 and produced two holds at love.
Carballes Baena ran out of gas in the third set, unable to sustain his level and getting a bagel. By winning 24 of the 28 points and playing outstanding tennis to only lose four, Novak made it a one-man show.
With a volley winner at the net in the first game, Djokovic broke, and he added another at 2-0 for a double break. The Serb made a winning start by placing a return winner for 5-0 and holding at love in the following one with a serve winner.
“The chair umpire gave me permission to use the restroom but informed me that I had a change-over break rather than a bathroom break. She then instructed me to hurry up, which you were unable to record on camera. She called me, which I did not hear, to inform me that the restroom was on the other side of the court as I was about to leave.
Due of time constraints, I had to act quickly when I found one where I went. I didn’t “disobey” her or the laws. She gave me the okay and warned me to move quickly. Be careful with what you post the next time. Many sports fans follow your page because of you.” stated Novak Djokovic.