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Nadal Says Djokovic Unlucky, But Should Show Self-control

TENNIS-ROME-NADAL:Nadal says Djokovic unfortunate, however ought to present self-control

Rafa Nadal has supplied some sympathy for world primary Novak Djokovic after his nice rival’s shock default from the U.S. Open for hitting a lineswoman within the throat with a stray ball.

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  • Last Updated: September 14, 2020, 9:48 PM IST

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Rafa Nadal has supplied some sympathy for world primary Novak Djokovic after his nice rival’s shock default from the U.S. Open for hitting a lineswoman within the throat with a stray ball.

With Nadal absent Serbian Djokovic was an enormous favorite to win the title in New York however his run got here to a sudden finish within the fourth spherical in opposition to Pablo Carreno Busta when he unintentionally hit the official with a ball after dropping some extent.






Had Djokovic received the title he would have moved to 18 Grand Slam titles, one behind Nadal and two behind Roger Federer within the battle for all-time greatness.

“The consequences have been always the same. Nothing new on that. Novak was unlucky. The rules says clearly that’s a default,” Nadal mentioned in a information convention on the Rome Masters the place he’ll resume his season this week after a seven-month hiatus attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Sorry for him. He had an opportunity there. But in some way you should not be doing this. It’s very unfortunate, very unlucky situation. But it’s important to have the right self-control on the court, because if not, you can be unlucky.”

Nadal was one in all a number of gamers to choose out of enjoying on the U.S. Open due to his considerations about travelling in the course of the pandemic.

Austrian Dominic Thiem, the person Nadal beat to win the final two French Opens, claimed his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, getting back from two units all the way down to beat Alexander Zverev in a gripping closing on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.

Thiem’s victory ended a run of 13 Grand Slam titles received by both Nadal, Djokovic or Federer and made him the primary new main winner since Marin Cilic in 2014.

“Happy for Dominic. He is somebody that deserves to win a big title, super hard worker. Very focused on his goals. Good person, good human person. He deserves it,” mentioned Nadal, who might be aiming to win a record-extending 13th French Open when the re-scheduled claycourt occasion begins on the finish of September.

Nadal will open in Rome in opposition to Carreno Busta.


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