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Novak Djokovic shelters under an umbrella during his singles match against Taylor Fritz of United States during day 4 of the Internazionali BNL dItalia at Foro Italico on May 11, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic shelters under an umbrella during his singles match against Taylor Fritz of United States during day 4 of the Internazionali BNL dItalia at Foro Italico on May 11, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic shelters under an umbrella during his singles match against Taylor Fritz of United States during day 4 of the Internazionali BNL dItalia at Foro Italico on May 11, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

World No.1 Novak Djokovic offered up an apology to umpire Nacho Forcadell after an angry outburst during his Italian Open match against Taylor Fritz.

The Serbian, back in action after sitting out the Masters in Madrid, had taken the opening set 6-3 before moving a break ahead in the second to lead 5-4.

With conditions worsening and rain getting heavier, Djokovic’s temper boiled over, shouting at the umpire “how much more do you want to play?” then adding “I asked you three times and you are not checking anything” as his remonstrations with the chair continued.

Eventually, play was suspended, with the players coming back onto court to resume action some three hours later once the weather cleared around the Foro Italico.

Fritz, the world number 31, held his service game after the resumption to force the tie-break, which Djokovic came through to win 6-3 7-6 (5).

Speaking afterwards on Amazon Prime, Djokovic said: "We had everything today. With the interruption, it is never easy playing in these types of conditions.

"We played almost two full sets non-stop under the rains, at one point it was quite dangerous for movement.

"I kind of lost my cool towards the end of that second set when I served for the match, but at the end of the day when you overcome these kinds of circumstances and challenges, I think it brings even more confidence in you.

"I know it is necessary for me to step out on the tennis court tomorrow to work on things, I know I can play better and will make sure I do."

Djokovic has expressed his frustration at the restrictions around tennis events amid ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and has also hinted that he will be reluctant to take a vaccine.

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