The occasion occurred in the beginning of second set and regardless of Norrie’s on the spot apology, Djokovic didn’t reply effectively, continuing to have a look at his rival.
Djokovic’s look continued as he walked in the direction of the online earlier than providing a verbal retort to the British No.1.
“Perhaps I may say he did not hit me intentionally,” Djokovic instructed reporters after his 6-3, 6-4 victory within the final 16.
“I do not know if he noticed me. I imply… you’ll be able to at all times see the place the participant is on the court docket.”
Djokovic added that he wasn’t fully enamored with Norrie’s habits on the whole all through the match.
“It wasn’t a lot about that, however perhaps it was a mixture of issues,” Djokovic, 35, stated.
“He was doing all of the issues we’re allowed to do. He is allowed to take a medical timeout. He is allowed to hit a participant. He is been allowed to say ‘let’s go’ within the face just about each level since mainly the primary recreation.
“These are the issues the gamers know within the locker room: it isn’t honest play, it isn’t how we deal with one another. However, once more, it is allowed.”
Nevertheless, Djokovic didn’t let his unhappiness with Norrie have an effect on his kind on court docket as he cruised in the direction of a spot within the Italian Open quarter-finals.
“He introduced the fireplace, and I responded to that. I am not going to permit somebody to behave like that simply bow his head. I am going to reply to that,” the 22-time Grand Slam winner added.
“I bought on rather well with Cameron all these years he is been on tour. Practiced with one another. He is a very nice man off the court docket, so I do not perceive this type of perspective on the court docket, to be trustworthy.”
A consultant for Norrie instructed CNN the world No. 13 had no touch upon Djokovic’s post-match remarks.