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“Paid the Big Consequence”: Novak Djokovic Regrets US Open 2020 Disqualification

“Paid the Big Consequence”: Novak Djokovic Regrets US Open 2020 Disqualification

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic had an easy outing as he went past Mikael Ymer in the first round of the French Open 2020. This was a routine win for the Serbian in the different and unusual conditions in Paris. Djokovic has now taken his 2020 match record to a stunning 32-1.

Novak Djokovic at French Open 2020
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his first-round match against Mikael Ymer at French Open 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Djokovic bageled his opponent in the first set and thoroughly dominated Ymer. The scorecard read 6-0,6-2,6-3. But coming into the French Open there was always that shadow around Djokovic’s disqualification from US Open 2020.

In a post-match interview with Eurosport, Djokovic was again asked about the disqualification and what he thought about the situation. He said, “I’ve said what I think about this whole incident. It was obviously my mistake, I should not have done that, but it happened. I paid the big consequence and was disqualified from the tournament. but it was a bit of a shock for me and my team for about a week.”

Novak Djokovic disqualified from US Open 2020
Novak Djokovic and a tournament official tend to a linesperson who was struck with a ball by Djokovic against Pablo Carreno Busta at the 2020 U.S. Open tennis. Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

What did Novak Djokovic do at the US Open 2020?

Djokovic was disqualified after hitting the line judge with a ball in his fourth round tie at the US Open 2020. In what was an act of frustration. Djokovic had lost a break against Pablo Carreno Busta, and so he took out a spare ball from his pocket and hit it a little too hard. Unfortunately for him, the ball ended up hitting the line judge. But now it seems like Djokovic has come to terms with the situation and moved on.

In his first round match, Djokovic was unbelievable at some places. He won 61 percent of his return points, which was evident in the scoreline. While many players refrain from using the drop shots on the clay court, Djokovic has seamlessly integrated these into his clay-court game. Enroute to his Italian Open title a few weeks back, Djokovic did hit a lot of these. And here in the first round as well, Djokovic hit numerous perfect drop shots. The Serbian will next play 66th ranked Ricardas Berankis.

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