Djokovic calls for match officials to be more considerate

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Djokovic calls for match officials to be more considerate

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World No 2 Novak Djokovic has asked match officials to be more considerate after being warned for extended delay between points during his final group match in the ongoing ATP World Tour Finals in London. The Serbian had earlier been warned for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Djokovic took a lengthy pause after losing a long rally in the first set against Belgian David Goffin, for which umpire Fergus Murphy gave him a warning. At the end of the game, the Serb had an increasingly animated discussion with Murphy, which included Djokovic appearing to say the official "had no clue about the game," AFP news agency reported.

Djokovic also poured out his frustration to tournament supervisor Tom Barnes, insisting that officials should take a softer approach before handing out warnings.

"First of all, I accept and I know that I'm one of the players that takes the most time. There is no doubt. I'm not running away from that," Djokovic said.

"Every time that I'm late, if I get a so-called soft warning or pre-warning, I'll accept it and I won't say a word. But I think it's fair, correct and respectful towards the player and to the game if you go over the first time, let's say, over the limit, that you at least get a heads up.

"Look, we are all humans. Every single day we face some certain kind of challenges, mental challenges, private, professional life, emotions, thoughts.

"Certainly there are stages of the year or of the day, moments when you feel worse, and you feel better. The important thing is to be conscious of it and just deal with it in a best possible way that works for you.”

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