The Serb is into the semifinals after a moody and dramatic 7-5, 7-6 (4) victory. (AP Photo)
On Friday in the Italian Open quarterfinals, Novak Djokovic faced off against an in-form Rafael Nadal. The blockbuster of a match did not disappoint.
Things started off poorly for the world No. 1 when he went down an early break for 2-4. Then the already moody Djokovic did this:
The act of touching an umpire, especially like that, is certainly fineable:
As per ATP rulebook -- before start wild theories about defaults, heat of the moment and other lofty phrases. pic.twitter.com/nkvdmIw8Qc— René Denfeld (@Renestance) May 13, 2016
Despite the incident and slow start, Djokovic (literally) roared back to take the first set 7-5, with a point for the highlight reel to seal Set 1:
Drama carried over to the second set when Nadal called a trainer because of an alarming problem:
"The foot is dead. I don't feel the foot," Nadal tells phyiso of his left foot.— Steve Tignor (@SteveTignor) May 13, 2016
Playing with a “dead” foot, Nadal went up 4-2 (yet again), only to lose the set and the match, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
Djokovic has now won their last seven meetings (and the last 15 sets). Still, there's little doubt that the world is salivating for a rematch at Roland Garros.