“Yeah, just tough, tough couple of points. He played amazing to break my serve, which was enough to win the fifth.

“The first one was the time violation, so yeah. Not a great moment again, but you just kind of have to accept it.”

Asked later if he regretted the incident, Djokovic said: “It was a frustration in the moment.

“I answered to your colleague two minutes ago about that. There’s not much to say about that.”

Djokovic missed the chance of winning a 24th Grand Slam singles title. He remains one behind Margaret Court as the most successful male or female player in the Open Era.