Djokovic welcomes return of racket rage

Novak Djokovic hopes a flash of anger at Roland Garros is a sign that he is rediscovering his hunger for tennis.

Djokovic booked his place in the fourth round in Paris on Friday after coming through a gruelling four set battle against Roberto Bautista Agut, as the world number one continued to show signs that he can get back to his best.

One of the key points in the match arrived in the second set tie break, when Djokovic repeatedly slammed his racket into the clay in frustration, before 13th seed Bautista Agut took the set and levelled the match.

Djokovic won the next two sets in a manner akin to the dominance he enjoyed prior to an elbow injury and loss of motivation, which took a huge toll on his form.

“At times in my career, these kind of situations, when I would scream or throw a racket, it would kind of wake me up and help me to just kind of free myself from that pressure that is just building throughout the match, but there are times when it doesn’t help,” Djokovic said.

“So it’s really hard to say what’s the right thing to do.

“I’m not proud of doing that, to be honest. I don’t like doing that. But at times, it happens.”

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