The world No. 1 followed the world No. 2 out of the Mutua Madrid Open, complaining bitterly about blue clay on Friday.
Novak Djokovic went down 7-6, 6-3 to fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinals, losing a match Djokovic would have been expected to cakewalk under normal circumstances.
The same could be said about Rafael Nadal's defeat at the hands of his compatriot, Fernando Verdasco on Thursday. After his loss, Djokovic unloaded another barrage against the ATP - rather than the tournament organizers - because he feels they did not listen to their constituents, the players.
It was ironic that the last ATP CEO, Adam Helfant, who stood down in December, had flown in to be feted along with two other ATP leaders, the long serving Mark Miles from Indianapolis and the South African Etienne de Villiers, because it was Helfant who took the brunt of Djokovic's criticism.
"The fault is with the people who let them do it," said Djokovic. "Decisions were taken behind closed doors ...