After 26 straight wins in 2020, the only way for world no.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was defaulted from his fourth-round match at the #USOpen after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball Sunday. pic.twitter.com/TTstxZB2Jw — ESPN (@espn) September 6, 2020
1 Novak Djokovic to lose a match was to get beaten by - himself! Competing in the fourth round of the US Open against Pablo Carreno Busta on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Novak wasted three set points on the return at 5-4, losing focus and suffering a break in the next game to find himself 6-5 down.
Frustrated (he also injured his left shoulder shortly before that), Novak hit the lineswoman with the ball in the throat, causing her to fall and fight for air. Even though there were no intentions from the Serb, the officials had to default him for the first time in a career, leaving the door open for the other 14 players left in the draw and making sure we will get the new Major champion next Sunday.
Novak competed on a very high level in the opening nine games, delivering one good hold after another and creating a break chance in the eighth game. Carreno Busta saved to remain in touch, only to face even bigger troubles behind the initial shot at 4-5.
Djokovic had three set points up for grabs at 40-0, only to lose the next five points and slam the ball in anger. The momentum had switched to the Spaniard's side, who opened a 30-0 lead in the 11th game, with Djokovic taking a medical timeout for the left should injury following a nasty fall.
Carreno Busta broke Djokovic at 15 to forge a 6-5 advantage before Novak sent that ball that had cost him a chance of fighting for the 18th Major crown, hitting the lineswoman and leaving the court after a couple of minutes spent in conversation with the officials.
Novak has already left the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center but there's only himself to blame, acting carelessly after the first break of the match he suffered.
Novak Djokovic is defaulted for the first time in a career.
Thus, the players born in 90s or 00s will finally claim a Major title, with no Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer in a Major quarter-final for the first time since Roland Garros 2004! In the first match of today's progra, Alexander Zverev toppled Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in three commanding sets, reaching the first US Open quarter-final.
Later, Borna Coric takes on Jordan Thompson and Denis Shapovalov battles against David Goffin, all getting an extra boost to give their best and chase the first Major crown. In the lower part of the draw, Daniil Medvedev, Alex de Minaur, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini, Dominic Thiem, Vasek Pospisil, Frances Tiafoe and Andrey Rublev are in contention for the final spot.