Djokovic: Court was too dry

Jun 08, 2013, 03:04 IST | AFP

Novak Djokovic hit out at Roland Garros officials after his epic five-set defeat to Rafael Nadal, claiming that his demands for the Court Philippe Chatrier surface to be improved were ignored.

Djokovic claimed that the court was too dry and slippery, making smooth movement across the surface too difficult, and he even summoned Fransson onto the court to vent his frustrations at the court not being watered.

Nadal and Djokovic
Nadal and Djokovic walk back after their gruelling face-off

“Off the court I was told that it’s the groundstaff who make the final decision on watering. The supervisor said it was him who decides.”

“The wind was blowing a lot of clay off the top and after every changeover in the final set I was asking how long are we going to play. The supervisor said he'd talk to the grounds people.

"I was not asking to water the court because I want to make my opponent trip or do something like that.”

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