Video Review: Djokovic Loses Point After 'Foul Shot'
Serbia clinched Final Eight spot on Day 4
Firstly, the Serbian’s 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-3 doubles victory alongside Viktor Troicki earned his country a spot at the Final Eight in Sydney. But Djokovic will also remember the match for a different reason, after losing a point for the first time in his career by Video Review.
With Troicki serving at 6-3, 2-3, (30/30), Djokovic dismissed Nicolas Mahut’s return with a forehand volley to earn game point. But Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin were convinced the Serbian had touched the ball before it had crossed the net and thus he should lose the point because of a 'foul shot'.
“It seemed to me, at first, that it was kind of just in the middle. Not our side. Not their side,” said Djokovic. "But then, the chair umpire, after repeating the video a couple of times, he was right."
“I already lost a very important point in my career against Nadal in a similar way like that in the semi-finals at Roland Garros," said Djokovic. "So I had a little bit of a déjà vu there and got frustrated because of that.”
But the frustration of a game point becoming a break point did not affect the 77-time tour-level titlist. Djokovic and Troicki recovered from the position to hold serve, delighting much of the pro-Serbia crowd inside Pat Rafter Arena.
“It is what it is. We bounced back, won the next two points," said Djokovic. "That got myself, I think Viktor and the crowd a little bit hyped up. I think after that the energy of the crowd was amazing. Also, the French team were lifting their team up and it was a big battle.”
Serbia will face Chile in its final group stage tie on Day 6 before travelling to Sydney for the Final Eight. The Group A winners will face the eighth team to qualify for the Final Eight in the day session on 10 January.