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US Open last 16: Djokovic v Carreno Busta – radio & text

Novak Djokovic

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Live Reporting

Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

  1. ‘I hope he comes to his news conference and apologises profusely’

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    I hope now that he goes away, has a shower and calms himself down. I hope he comes into his news conference and apologises profusely, holds his hands up and says ‘I was wrong, it’s something I’m going to have to live with. I’ll make every effort never to do that in my career again.’

    That won’t be happening any time soon Russell…

  2. Djokovic has left the building (apparently)

  3. Do you remember when…?

    Back in November 2016, Djokovic was questioned by a journalist about his temper after his ATP World Tour Finals victory over Dominic Thiem. The world number one was warned for unsportsmanlike conduct when he smashed the ball in the direction of his box.

    The journalist asked: “Does it concern you one day that will cost you dearly? If you hit someone.

    Djokovic: “You guys are unbelievable. You’re always picking these kind of things. I’m the only player that shows his frustration on the court? That’s what you are saying?

    “It’s not an issue for me. It’s not the first time I did it.”

    It was then suggested he could have hit a spectator, to which the player replied: “It could have been, yes. It could have snowed in the O2 Arena as well, but it didn’t.”

  4. ‘If he wasn’t defaulted, can you imagine the outrage?’

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    There wasn’t really very much debate. Or at least there shouldn’t have been very much debate. That discussion did go on a long time. I imagine because of Novak Djokovic’s stature.

    If he hadn’t have been defaulted in that situation, can you imagine the outrage? What sort of light would that have shown on tennis neutrality and the decisions officials make?

    It was an open and shut case, for me. I don’t see any way you can argue that is not a disqualification.

  5. Djokovic out of US Open via a default


    Copyright: US Open

    Djokovic loses any money he earned at Flushing Meadows.

  6. The other player on court

    Amidst all this, this man – Pablo Carreno Busta – is through to the US Open quarter-finals…

    Pablo Carreno Busta

    Copyright: Getty Images

  7. Djokovic out of US Open via a default

    It really has been a mixed bag for the Serbian world number one in recent weeks.

    There was the controversy over his mini-tournament which saw him and a handful of players test positive for Covid-19.

    Then came the announcement over the launch of a breakaway union.

    And now this.

    He did win the Cincy though…

  8. ‘His whole world’s just been rocked’

    Leon Smith

    GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    He would have got a shock as well. You saw on the footage that he turned straight away. It was panic. He knew he was wrong, but of course, his mind would have been scrambling. He’s going to try to plead his case. His whole world’s just been rocked.

  9. Post update

  10. Djokovic out of US Open via a default

    Mood swings. This was posted about a couple of hours before his match.

  11. Post update

    Leon Smith

    GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    It’s not great timing when you launch a new body (the Professional Tennis Players Association) at the US Open, a week ago, and your co-president gets defaulted. It’s not a great way to start a new body.

  12. Rifat Jawaid: Absolutely unacceptable behavior by Djokovic. He deserved to be disqualified. It doesn’t matter whether his action was deliberate or unintentional. If you’re World number 1, you have to behave like one.

    The Gary: This accident we saw from Djokovic was brewing from the moment he didn’t get a warning from the earlier ball fired off in anger…

  13. The rule that did for Djokovic

    The Grand Slam rules state: “Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site.

    “The referee, in consultation with the Grand Slam chief of supervisors may declare a default for either a single violation of this code.”

  14. Post update

  15. Post update

    Leon Smith

    GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    It’s a habit. He did it five minutes beforehand, with much more venom, and he was just lucky it hit the advertising ball. It could have hit one of the ball kids.

  16. Djokovic out of US Open via a default

    The match itself was going relatively well for Djokovic, who had managed nine aces in his service games.

    There was frustration when he failed to covert any of his break-point chances when he was 0-40 up on Pablo Carreno Busta’s serve in the 10th game.

    He then fell over, received treatment on his shoulder, and was subsequently broken by PCB.

    Then came THE moment.

    What an incredible few minutes at this year’s US Open.

  17. Djokovic out of US Open via a default

    Ben Rothenberg, who covers tennis for the New York Times, reports that Djokovic said when he was pleading his case: “She doesn’t have to go to the hospital for this.” He added: “You’re going to choose a default in this situation? My career, Grand Slam, centre stage.”

    But the rules were merely being enforced.

  18. Post update

  19. From the press box

  20. Djokovic out of US Open via a default

    I used to have a teacher that threw chalkboard rubbers…nothing happened to him.


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