'I can't talk about what would happen to Roger Federer and Nadal', says former No. 2

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'I can't talk about what would happen to Roger Federer and Nadal', says former No. 2

Novak Djokovic was disqualified in the round of 16 match of the US Open 2020, a challenge he obviously lost against the Spanish Carreno, for hitting a touch judge with a ball. In the past, the World number 1 had risked disqualification, he was very close to the 2016 Masters, when he threw a ball with force in a match with Thiem.

In an interview with Sport Club, his coach Goran Ivanisevic opened up about the disqualification of his ward Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open. The Croat believes Djokovic was not at fault, & added that he will look to make amends by winning Roland Garros.

Ivanisevic on Novak Djokovic

"The only mistake is that he didn't look, that Novak Djokovic threw the ball looking forward, not behind him,” Goran Ivanisevic said. “I didn't see when the woman fell live, but I did after the video, I think 3,877 times.

I don't know what to say smartly. I'm not talking about Novak now, I am generally against disqualification, it is meaningless to me - come on if you come and knock the referee off the chair, yes, but this was completely unintentional.

The rules are as they are, you are warned or disqualified, which in my opinion is stupid,” Ivanisevic added. “I'm not objective, but I don't think he should have been disqualified, he should have won the penalty game, Carreno should have won the set and started from the other.

But in these times, with the corona and everything, they (should not have) disqualified him. I know that many will not agree with me, that many have said that it is deserved. You see, Novak is a born winner and he will come out of this even stronger and better," Ivanisevic said.

"If he wins Roland Garros, which I think he can, this will be forgotten as if it never happened. I can't talk about what would happen to them ... It happened to Novak and now it's over, now we need to go forward and just look ahead,” Ivanisevic continued.

“I say, I think he can win Roland Garros, the conditions suit him, he just needs to he comes out of this, and he's capable of it - he can and he will." Djokovic returned to Europe and turned his attention to the rescheduled clay-court season.

He had his first practice in Rome on Friday ahead of next week’s tournament, while the French Open begins on September 27.