Djokovic had simply been damaged at 5-5 within the first set in opposition to Pablo Carreno Busta when the world No. 1 struck a ball behind him on the court docket. Djokovic would not have been aiming at anybody but it surely hit the lineswomen — seemingly close to the face — and he or she fell to the bottom.

A dialogue ensued between chair umpire Aurelie Tourte and two match officers.

Djokovic then had an prolonged dialog with the match referee on court docket earlier than he was formally defaulted.

Moments earlier, he had smacked a ball in frustration when he was unable to transform three set factors at 5-4. Then he took a tumble within the 11th recreation, showing to injure his shoulder.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia tends to a line judge who was hit with the ball during his men's singles match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at the 2020 US Open on Sunday, September 6.

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