Novak Djokovic got into it with chair umpire Carlos Ramos today during a tougher-than-expected third round win over Diego Schwartzman.
Ramos hit Djokovic with an unsportsmanlike conduct warning late in the fourth for his attitude toward the chair.
Djokovic ended up dropping his serve that game but then rolled breaking right back and taking the fifth 61. And he commented after that the struggle will do him some good.
“Sometimes you need to be challenged in order for certain things to surface, which maybe are not surfacing if you’re winning comfortably,” Djokovic said. “That’s going to happen more as I go deeper in the tournament because the matches and opponents are going to get tougher,” said Djokovic. “I didn’t play too many five-setters the past couple of years. I see a lot of good things in it. I think it will put me in a good place mentally as well.”
Djokovic meets Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday.
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