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Djokovic beat Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the Cincinnati Masters but had to come from a break down in every set to secure the victory.

After the Canadian broke for the first time in the 10th game, Djokovic smashed his racket against the ground three times until the head was completely severed.

It is not the first time the Serbian has lost his cool during this North American hard-court season as he also snapped his racket into two pieces at the Rogers Cup last week.

But Sky Sports pundit Greg Rusedski is glad to see the fire in Djokovic’s belly – even if his actions are condemned by most ATP officials.

“I like to see that emotion. It gets the frustration out of his system,” Rusedski told Sky Sports.

“You have to let the negative energy out then go out there refreshed.”

Djokovic is hunting his maiden Cincinnati Masters title and could meet Roger Federer or David Goffin in the finals, if he can overcome Marin Cilic this evening.

And Rusedski is delighted to see the 31-year-old back to his best following a nightmare elbow injury.

“I think he desperately wants to win this title,” Rusedski added.

“He has never won here after being in five finals.

“When you stepped on court against Novak Djokovic you always knew you was going to be second best.

“At Wimbledon he was like the old Novak and this week he is winning the long matches. He was by far the dominating force in men’s tennis so it is good to see him back.”

Meanwhile, fellow pundit Annabel Croft echoed those remarks.

“I read that gesture as being how mentally strong he was in those key moment,” she added. “His back was against the wall and he let a lot of opportunities slip.

“Sometime you feel he is a little fake as it is really bubbling away like a volcano underneath but he let it go.

“I think that [coach] Marian Vajda is an incredible rock for him. He is a great absorber of all of that stress.”

Source : EXPRESS

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