Novak Djokovic smells marijuana during semifinal match

Aug 17, 2015, 07:49 IST | AFP

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Montreal: World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic (right) was unnerved by the smell of marijuana smoke on Saturday as he advanced to the final of the ATP Rogers Cup by defeating France’s Jeremy Chardy.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

During his 6-4, 6-4 victory, Djokovic complained to the umpire about the smell of marijuana smoke. After the match he addressed the issue, which he said had distracted him in a prior match as well. “Oh my God,” Djokovic said. “You can’t believe how bad it was. Whoever it is, he’s pretty high. I hope he doesn’t come back tomorrow, it’s a pretty bad smell. I didn’t enjoy it.”

The Serb said later that the same thing happened in a Friday doubles win. “Yesterday in the doubles match, today again. Somebody’s really enjoying his life around the tennis court. Whoever it was.... he was probably on the seventh sky. I felt I was playing better as I was inhaling.” Djokovic advanced in 80 minutes. taking his 52nd match of the season against just three defeats.

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