Published: Wed, September 16, 2020
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Nadal on Djokovic US Open default: It's important to have self-control

Nadal on Djokovic US Open default: It's important to have self-control

The four-time Rome victor was speaking for the first time since his dramatic last 16 default in NY after he accidently struck a line judge with a ball hit in frustration.

It struck line judge Laura Clark in the throat and the Serbian, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, was instantly disqualified by tournament officials.

After a rough go at the US Open, Djokovic is ready to put the past behind him in Rome.

This incident is certainly a blow to the Serb's status in tennis, made worse by the fact that Djokovic was seen shortly after his disqualification leaving the tournament grounds without taking part in the mandatory press conference.

The tournament's top seed will play either Italian wildcard Salvatore Curaso or Tennys Sandgren in round two.

Novak Djokovic said he will never forget the incident which resulted in his shock US Open disqualification and is confident it will not affect his tennis going forward.

Novak Djokovic says doing best to control on-court emotions after US Open default

"The consequences of certain actions are always the same because there is a regulation". Nothing new on that. It was very unfortunate and I feel sorry for him. But in some way you should not be doing this. It was just unfortunate it did hit the line umpire in a very awkward place. "It is important to have the right self-control on the court".

But speaking earlier this week, Djokovic admitted his tendency to get riled on court means he sometimes struggles to keep his emotions in check. As a fan of the sport though, I sincerely wish for tennis to have as bright a future as its present and past for which it is pertinent to be optimistic for the young 'uns. I can not promise or I can not guarantee that I will never ever do anything similar to that in my life. "There were two alternatives and I chose the best one for me and my family", she indicated in this regard.

"It seems much easier on paper than what actually happened on the court, against an opponent who always fought and played good tennis", Thiem, 27, was valued, third in the world who left his mark 3-0 in the confrontations he has had against De Miñaur.

"I can not promise or can not guarantee that I will never ever do anything similar to that in my life", Djokovic told a news conference at the Italian Open on Monday. Top women's seed Simona Halep, the 2018 French Open victor, said she was "pretty sure it's going to be very strict" at Roland Garros. She said she was fine, that there are no injuries. I'm extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. She didn't deserve that in any way. "She obviously is volunteering and doing her work". The rules are clear.

"Of course, I'm not ideal". Once we step onto the pitch, the other three will forget, like me, of the rival and we will focus on making the best tennis, "added Thiem, who gave a good winning advance against De Miñaur".

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