Sometime in between his 14 first-set unforced errors, Novak Djokovic found time to smash his racquet on the red clay of Rome. The world No. 1 recovered from the opening set and busted racquet by defeating Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
I've always wondered how executives at racquet companies feel when their paid endorser takes out frustration on the equipment. Kobe Bryant doesn't chuck his Nikes into the crowd when he goes 5-17 from the floor. Michael Phelps isn't ripping off his Speedo if he loses a race. I mean, if Novak is going to blame anything for his poor play, he should start with that shirt.