Roger Federer Wouldn’t Have Been Disqualified, Says Former Player on Novak Djokovic’s US Open Default

Published 10/02/2021, 3:42 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 28: Novak Djokovic of Serbia complains during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Milos Raonic of Canada on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic’s dream of a Calendar Grand Slam was crushed at the US Open 2021. It took only three sets for Daniil Medvedev to defeat the World No.1 and claim his maiden Grand Slam title. Moreover, Djokovic couldn’t accomplish his second dream of becoming the first-ever men’s tennis player to win 21 Grand Slam titles.

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In recent years, the US Open has not been great for Djokovic, as even US Open 2020 was bizarre for the legendary player. The Serbian tennis star unintentionally hit one of the line judges with a ball in frustration during the round of 16 match.

This incident resulted in Djokovic’s disqualification from the tournament. To this incident, former Croatian player Nikola Pilic made some furious statements.

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Nikola Pilic on Djokovic’s disqualification at US Open 2020

Ever since Djokovic was disqualified for the event, people have shared various opinions on that subject. Nikola Pilic believes the foreigners have a negative image of Novak Djokovic.

He believes that for no apparent reason, the foreign public has disliked World No. 1. He even said that it was because he came from a little country called Siberia and had dominated players from larger nations.

Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Moreover, he added that people should have more respect for Novak, who he praised for his humanitarian efforts. Pilic also discussed the situation involving Novak Djokovic at the 2020 US Open. He was enraged at the people’s reaction. Pilic even claimed that if Roger Federer had done the same thing as Novak Djokovic, he would not have been disqualified.

Novak Djokovic has achieved 20 Grand Slam titles in his professional career. He is currently the World No. 1 since February 2020. Despite having such a spectacular tennis career, Pilic believes people often criticize Djokovic for his mental temperament.

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Novak Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, has pulled out from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Djokovic made the unfortunate announcement on Twitter. He tweeted, “I am sorry I won’t get to see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favourite place to go. I hope to see you next year!”

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Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks to the crowd during the trophy presentation ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

While Djokovic is taking rest, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are still recovering from their respective injuries. However, both have said on several occasions that they’re hoping to return for the 2022 season.

With this news, it would be really captivating to watch the Big Three at the Australian Open 2022, as everyone is currently tied at 20 Grand Slam titles.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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