Novak Djokovic: 'When you hit the ball like that as I hit it to have...'

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Novak Djokovic: 'When you hit the ball like that as I hit it to have...'

Only a slight variation in the world top ten (at number 10) in the ATP ranking following the US Open. At the top is still Novak Djokovic, who re-ascended the throne after his eighth triumph in Melbourne last January. For the 32-year-old Serbian this is the 286th overall week on the throne, equaling Pete Sampras second in the special all-time ranking (the leader is Roger Federer with 310 weeks at the top).

There are now 1010 points of advantage for Nole over Rafael Nadal, significantly approached by the Austrian Dominic Thiem who consolidates his third position with his first Grand Slam triumph in New York, ahead of Roger Federer.

Novak Djokovic, disqualified from the US Open this month, can make no promises about possible rule-breaking in future.

Djokovic on his disqualification

"I cannot promise or cannot guarantee that I will never ever do anything similar to that in my life.

I'm going to try my best, obviously, but anything is possible in life. I accepted it, I had to move on and that's what I did. Of course, I did not forget about it, I don't think I will ever forget about it, these things stay in your memory for the rest of your life, but I don't think I will have any major issues coming back to the tour and being able to perform well and hit the tennis ball during the point.

I checked on [the line judge] after the match, she said that she was fine, that there were no injuries. I felt really sorry to cause the shock and drama to her, she didn't deserve that in any way, she's obviously volunteering as well, she loves tennis and has been there for quite a few years" - Novak Djokovic explained.

"It's unfortunate for both of us to experience that. It was very awkward and disappointing for me to finish off the US Open that way because I felt very good about myself, my game, I had won the Western and Southern Open.

I came into the fourth round feeling really good and hitting the ball really nicely, and ready in every aspect. It was very unexpected and very unintended as well, to hit her. But when you hit the ball like that as I hit it to have a chance to hit someone who is on the court and the rules are clear when it comes to that" - the World number 1 added.