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Novak Djokovic blasted by Vienna tournament director for ‘unnecessary’ comments

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Herwig Straka, the tournament director for the Vienna Open, has criticised Novak Djokovic for saying he was ‘completely fine’ with his shock defeat to Lorenzo Sonego.

Djokovic opted to play Vienna to get the two wins he needed to secure the year-end world number one spot, but as soon as that was done he slumped to a dismal 6-2, 6-1 defeat to Sonego.

It was his first ever loss to a lucky loser and the worst defeat statistically of his entire career, yet afterwards he was completely remorseless.

“Yes, clinching the [year-end] number one had an effect on me today,” Djokovic said.

“I’ve done what I came here for, securing the number one. And I move completely fine with today’s result.

Straka, however, did not take kindly to the comments, even if he did stop short of accusing the world number one of tanking.

“I find such statements unnecessary,” Straka told Der Standard following Djokovic’s defeat.

“Even if you would think so, you don’t say that in any press conference.”

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Football legend, Diego Maradona is dead

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Argentina Football legend Diego Maradona is dead.

The former Argentina player reportedly died after suffering a cardiac arrest, according to reports in Argentina.

According to the Argentina newspaper Clarín, the football legend suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest at his home.

His death is coming just two weeks after he left the hospital.

The Argentinian began his career at Boca Juniors before he went to Barcelona where he won the Copa del Rey trophy.

He won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986.

Maradona also became a legend in Naples with two Serie A titles with Napoli.

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