There may have been no fans in the stands, but Novak Djokovic still found something to be agitated about.
Novak Djokovic is no stranger to being distracted by those in the stands, and that has not changed despite no fans being allowed to Australian Open matches.
The world No.1 lodged a bizarre complaint just games into his fourth-round clash against No.14 Milos Raonic, when he complained about the position of the photographers.
Djokovic told the chair umpire that he was distracted by the photographers, who were stationed closer to the action on one end of Rod Laver Arena as opposed to their usual area, due to the vacant seats with no fans.
“Why are the photographers standing behind?” Djokovic asked the chair umpire.
“It’s not their place, they’re supposed to be out there or on the side.”
Fortunately for Djokovic, the distraction didn’t hold him back from taking the opening set, which went to a tiebreak.
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