As Blunders goes, Novak Djokovic’s brain cramps in the fourth round of the US Open also overtook the most memorable Gough of women’s great Serena Williams in a tennis grand slam event.
Djokovic had an almost unilateral path to the men’s singles championship when he fit himself angrily.
Novak Djokovic cost himself almost a certain championship
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Novak Djokovic came to New York City’s Billy Jean King National Tennis Center, ready to close the gap in one of the most interesting career-achievement races in the sport. Switzerland’s Roger Federer set a men’s singles record with 20 career wins, one from Spain’s Rafael Nadal. Djokovic, the Serbian star, is next with 17.
Federer was ruled out for the season while recovering from two knee surgeries. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, defending champion Nadal opted to clean up New York and devote his energies to preparations for the rescheduled French Open. Djokovic was about to play until last month knowing that he could field Federer and Nadal.
At the age of 33, it is possible that Djokovic still has time to catch Margaret Court (24) and Serena Williams (23) on the all-time list of major wins. Prospects for him were hit during their fourth round match with their bizarre default.
Serena Williams has already been disqualified
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Novak Djokovic was inadvertently hit a line judge with a ball after being disqualified on Sunday, which he smacked in frustration. Djokovic lost his serve to beat No. 20 seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-5. He took a ball out of his pocket and hit it on the back of the court. The ball hit a female line judge in the throat and he fell to the ground. Djokovic immediately went to check on his situation.
Players can be disqualified under ATP and Grand Slam rules if a racket is thrown if someone is injured in the court or thrown a ball, even if there is no intention. As the officer was being attended by medical staff, tournament referee Soren Fremel met with Djokovic on the net.
“I know that whatever you call is hard for you,” Djokovic can be heard saying to Fremel.
Fremel confirmed the disqualification of Djokovic, who then joined hands with Busta and left the court as the first No. 1 seed to default in the Grand Slam tournament.
Serena Williams had the distinction of being the supreme seed bounced in such a fashion. Williams was the No. 2 seed at the 2009 US Open when he was hit with a point penalty for threatening a line judge after a foot mistake in the semifinal against Kim Clijsters. The match culminated with the Clijsters’ 6-4, 7-5 victory on the penalty.
Novak Djokovic was not the first male singles player to be DQ’d.
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Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were not the first players to be disqualified from the Grand Slam tournament. The difference is that of retired British star Tim Heinemann. Playing at Wimbledon in 1995, Heyman inadvertently hit a girl with a ball during a doubles match.
But it will be remembered Djokovic, whom he remembered for a long time. When he was in the grip of the COVID-19 epidemic, he was 18–0, including the eighth career championship at the Australian Open.
Djokovic was an outspoken critic of the sanctions that the US Open proposed due to the epidemic and caused controversy by saying he would not be ready to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
He came under heavy criticism for organizing a social tour in Serbia and Croatia and an exhibition tour without other measures to prevent the virus from spreading. Djokovic and several other players later tested positive for coronavirus.