New Delhi: With a win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday, top ranked Novak Djokovic has reached his 30th Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open.
It also means, that the Serb is just two wins away from his maiden Roland Garros title and a career Grand Slam.
In a high intensity clash, Djokovic beat the seventh seed Czech 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.
But, during the match, the 29-year-old came perilously close to being disqualified in the second game of the third set.
Frustrated at missing a break point, the Serb smashed his racquet into the ground before it flew into the back wall on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Had it hit the nearby line judge, Djokovic would have been disqualified.
Not surprisingly, he offered a speedy apology for his actions to chair umpire Eva Asderaki Moore.
“I was lucky there,” admitted Djokovic. “I apologized to the people that have been in this particular situation with me and that could have been hurt by my racquet.
“But, you know, it was never the intention. It was just some unfortunate bounce, but fortunate ending of that scenario. That’s all I can say.”
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Angry @DjokerNole throw his racquet and almost hit a line judge
Djokovic joga a raquete, quase acerta juiz de linha pic.twitter.com/S4RS4EJ0jn
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