Djokovic endured a frustrating opening week at Melbourne Park, losing at least one set in each of his matches from the second round, while also fight an abdominal injury.
The world No.1’s temper has lifted his ugly head several times so far this summer and has appeared again in the third set against Zverev.
After the pair parted the first two sets of the game, Zverev found himself on a break in the third, taking a 4-1 lead after saving a break point on his own serve.
After a hotly contested Zverev service match, Djokovic blew his top up, crushing his racket four times on the pitch before throwing it away as he walked to his bench.
The explosive explosion left the commentary team stunned by Nine’s coverage of the Australian Open.
“There’s a bit of frustration, probably with the big second serve and the last point line,” said great American player Jim Courier.
“Probably expresses a lot of things that have been bottled up compared to everything going on in this tournament on his part. He’s getting his money’s worth on that one.”
“He went hard, didn’t he,” added Lleyton Hewitt. “It’s a build-up for sure from last week.”
Djokovic’s explosion was so explosive that a ballgirl was forced to scoop up debris from her racket within minutes with a dustpan.
Incredibly, after looking down and out of the third set, Djokovic came to life immediately after his explosion, winning the next five games in a row to take the third start on a “shocked” Zverev, 6-4.
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