Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was once defaulted from his fourth-round match at america Open after he by chance hit a line pass judgement on with a tennis ball on Sunday.
It was once a stunning end to Djokovic’s tender for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0 start to this season.
Djokovic had just missing a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to fall at the back of 6-5 in the first set.
As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball at the back of him. The ball hit a female line pass judgement on, who dropped to her knees in the back of the court and reached for her neck.
After a discussion of several minutes with officials on court, including tournament referee Soeren Friemel, Djokovic walked over to shake hands with Carreno Busta. Chair umpire Aurelie Tourte then announced the default.
The ball throw that caused Novak Djokovic’s disqualification #USOpen pic.twitter.com/5sRr7but0M
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) September 6, 2020
It seemed lucid Djokovic did not intend to hit the line pass judgement on; there was once concern written on his face as soon as he realised what happened. But players who hit a ball out of anger and make contact with an on-court official have been defaulted up to now.
Djokovic’s temper had soured over the previous few minutes. In the prior game, he wasted three consecutive break points and after the final, which Carreno Busta won with a drop shot, Djokovic whacked a ball off a courtside advertising signal.
Djokovic disqualified from the #USopen for doing this in his usual fits of anger. Believe being so dull to do that in a GS which had no Nadal nor Federer. pic.twitter.com/6cTH2OiXxH
— MAJ (@Ultra_Suristic) September 6, 2020
Then, on the second one point of what would turn out to be the final game at this year’s US Open for Djokovic, he stumbled while chasing a shot and fell to the ground, clutching his left shoulder.
Play was once delayed for a couple of minutes while a trainer checked that shoulder.
On the second one point after they resumed, Carreno Busta hit a passing winner to break Djokovic’s serve. That’s when Djokovic got himself into trouble.
His departure means there is not any man remaining in the field who in the past has won a Grand Slam singles title. Whoever emerges as champion would be the first first-time major trophy winner in men’s tennis since 2014, when Marin Cilic won america Open.
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