Novak Djokovic’s fans were ejected from the French Open and told to ‘respect the players’ with the Serb winning two sets to one against Matteo Berrettini at Roland Garros.
The 5,000 fans dispersed out of the Philippe-Chatrier venue early in the fourth set due to the curfew in Paris, which is 11pm local time.
One fan even had to be given a lengthy talking to by stewards after refusing to move.
Djokovic was two sets up against Berrettini after cruising through the opening stages of the match. Fans inside centre court were told that they would need to leave upon the end of the third set, but it was Berrettini who was victorious to take Djokovic to a fourth set.
A thrilling tiebreaker was won by the world no. 9 after he appeared to be heading towards a straight-sets defeat.
Fans were so entertained that they initially refused to leave. Some boos could be heard from those in attendance.
A few attendees had already dispersed ahead of the official outpouring.
A tannoy announcement at Roland Garros was made close to 11pm local time saying that fans should begin to leave.
It was met by whistles and jeers, with some refusing to depart.
Umpire James Keothavong urged fans: “Respect the players, thank you.”
The 19-year-old sensation Lorenzo Musetti went two sets up against Djokovic before injury took over.
Musetti limped through the remaining three sets as the 34-year-old breezed past him.
Djokovic won the final three sets dropping just a single game before the Italian retired when 4-0 down in the final set.
But the veteran still had high praise for Musetti, who he has tipped to have a bright future.
“The experience is the best teacher. I wish Musetti all the best,” Djokovic said.
“We know each other quite well, he’s a nice guy.
“If he keeps going on this way, he will become a top player some day, he has everything.”
Djokovic could face rival Rafael Nadal in the semi-final if he defeats Berrettini.
It would be a repeat of last year’s final, which Nadal won 6-0 6-2 7-5.
The Spaniard is hoping to win a fifth consecutive French title and a 14th in total.
Published at Wed, 09 Jun 2021 20:50:00 +0000