NEW YORK — Top rated-seeded Novak Djokovic was forced to default from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open up after he accidentally strike a line judge with a tennis ball Sunday.
It was a breathtaking close to Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26- commence to this season.
Djokovic experienced just shed a activity to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to slide at the rear of 6-5 in the to start with established. As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball guiding him.
The ball hit a woman line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the courtroom. After a discussion of various minutes with officials on courtroom, Djokovic walked around to shake hands with Carreno Busta, and the default was introduced.