Novak Djokovic inadvertently terrified a ball-boy during his Miami Open final with Andy Murray after losing his head when the Brit won the second set.
The world no.1 let out an almighty scream in the direction of his box of coaches and staff, including former World No. 1 Boris Becker, but scared an unsuspecting ball boy, who was only trying to hand Djokovic his towel.
The umpire immediately gave Djokovic a warning and violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour for the incident, which clearly affected the young ball boy.
Perhaps it was just the wake-up call the Serb needed though – he went on to win the third set 6-0 against Murray, claiming the match to a score of 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-0.
To Djokovic’s credit, he apologised profusely for the outburst when the match had ended, and said there was no intention to direct his frustrations at the ball-boy.
The world number one also posted a video to Facebook in which he reiterated his regret at the incident, and thanked his fans for their support.
Just to conclude these fantastic few weeks with a short message to you all. Thanks for supporting me! Amazing start of the season with wins in Australian Open, Indian Wells and now Miami. Looking forward to the next challenges – on clay! Next event is Monte Carlo. Na kraju ovih par fantasticnih nedelja u Americi, zeleo bih ovim videom da vam se od srca zahvalim na podrsci. Imao sam jako uspesan pocetak sezone i radujem se novim izazovima. Pocinje sezona sljake 🙂 Na redu je Monte Carlo!
Posted by Novak Djokovic on Sunday, 5 April 2015
Victory over Murray brought about Djokovic’s fifth Miami Master title and further increased his lead at the top of the ATP World Tour rankings – taking him almost 5000 points clear of second placed Roger Federer.
This truly is the Djokovic era.