Djokovic: Lessons Learned From US Open Default

Ruben Hill
September 15, 2020

Novak Djokovic says that he can not guarantee he will not make a similar mistake to his disqualification at the U.S. Open for striking a line judge with a ball but that he would try his best.

"For the guys who are playing US Open, it's very close, very tight after an exhausting month of tennis in the States on different surfaces", said Djokovic.

Shortly after, Djokovic told reporters at the Italian Open that the incident was a "big lesson" for him and that he was working to eradicate such outbursts from his game.

Djokovic was sensationally kicked out of the US Open for accidentally hitting a lineswoman with a ball during his fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta.

"I don't think I will ever forget about it, because it's one of these things that stays in your memory for the rest of your life", said Djokovic.

"I don't think I will have any major issues coming back to the tour and being able to perform well and hit the tennis ball, of course during the point", he said.

'It was the first time in my career that something like this happens, of course it could have happened earlier in my career you know, could have happened to many players. It's a lot of intensity and a lot of pressure. I can not promise or I can not guarantee that I will never ever do anything similar to that in my life. "I am definitely willing to try my best so that something like that never happens again, obviously".

Had Djokovic won the title he would have moved to 18 Grand Slam titles, one behind Nadal and two behind Roger Federer in the battle for all-time greatness.

"I'm working mentally and emotionally as hard as I'm working physically, trying to be the best version of myself on the court and off the court", he said.

"But anything is possible in life. I'm excited about going back to competition, without big expectations", Nadal said.

The 33-year-old heads into next week's Grand Slam as second favourite behind Rafael Nadal, and Djokovic is pleased to have tournaments so soon after his NY disappointment.

"For a couple of days I was in shock, and I was shaken by the whole default thing".

"I checked on Laura after the match". She said she was fine, that there are no injuries.

"It was totally unexpected and very unintended but, when you hit the ball like that, you have a chance to hit somebody that is on the court".

'I came into the fourth round feeling really good and hitting the ball really nicely, and ready in every aspect. "Novak was unlucky. The rules says clearly that's a default", Nadal said in a news conference at the Rome Masters.

The Spaniard will return to action for the first time in six months when he takes on his fellow countryman Carreno Busta in Rome. "That's what I did", Djokovic added.

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