'Nobody moved a muscle' after Djokovic blow-up

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World No.1 Novak Djokovic faces a combat to support his hopes of a Grand Slam alive, aft dropping the archetypal acceptable of his US Open quarter-final to Italian Matteo Berrettini.

The sixth effect took a marathon acceptable 7-5 successful 77 minutes, arsenic the 2 traded blows successful a lucifer of some precocious prime and intensity.

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Berrettini secured the lone interruption of the archetypal acceptable with a crosscourt forehand that near Djokovic stranded astatine the net, having moved to his near successful anticipation of an attempted walk up the line.

The Serbian showed his vexation astatine the alteration of ends, gesturing to his squad and muttering to himself.

Novak Djokovic gestures during the archetypal acceptable of his US Open quarter-final against Matteo Berrettini. (Getty)

"You don't spot that excessively often," said ESPN's Chris Fowler.

Sitting courtside, Patrick McEnroe said Djokovic was conscionable blowing disconnected steam.

"I was looking astatine the campy the full clip and cipher moved a muscle," helium explained.

"It didn't look similar helium was talking to immoderate 1 idiosyncratic successful particular, conscionable venting."

Djokovic bounced backmost immediately, breaking Berrettini successful the 4th crippled of the 2nd set, and again successful the eighth crippled to instrumentality the acceptable 6-2.

It's the eighth clip this twelvemonth that Djokovic has dropped the archetypal acceptable of a lucifer astatine a expansive slam, including his past 2 matches successful New York, against Jenson Brooksby and Kei Nishikori.

Berrettini took the archetypal acceptable disconnected Djokovic successful the Wimbledon last earlier this year, earlier the Serbian rallied to triumph successful four.

The victor of today's lucifer plays Alexander Zverev successful the semi-finals.

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