Rafael Nadal Excited For theunionjournal Return In Rome

Ross Houston
September 15, 2020

Novak Djokovic learned "a big lesson" after being disqualified from the U.S. Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball.

Alex de Minaur another U.S. Open quarterfinalist was tentative and wasted numerous chances in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) loss to German qualifier Diminik Koepfer.

"It's not completely out of the blue", Djokovic told the media at the Italian Open.

Djokovic was sensationally kicked out of the US Open for accidentally hitting a lineswoman with a ball during his fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta.

"Of course I did not forget about it", Djokovic added. "Of course I didn't forget about it, I don't think I'll ever forget about it".

"So sometimes the situations like this happen". I'm going to try my best, obviously, but anything is possible in life.

Spain's clay-court king Rafael Nadal called for caution on Monday with the French Open set to be played in front of spectators later this month despite coronavirus concerns.

"I'm trying to be the best version of myself on the court and off the court and I understand that I have outbursts and this is kind of the personality and the player that I have always been".

"But anything is possible in life".

Nadal will once again feel like a tennis player in Rome but he knows that the health crisis could truncate tennis plans at any time, for example at Roland Garros, which in principle should be played at the end of September.

The 33-year-old is back in action this week at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome, where he will start against either Tennys Sandgren or Salvatore Caruso after being given a bye in the first round.

"For a couple of days I was in shock, and I was shaken by the whole default thing". She said that she was fine. It was very unexpected and very unintended as well, to hit her.

"But as I said, when you hit the ball like that, as I hit it, you know, you have a chance to hit somebody that is on the court".

"Novak was unlucky. [But] The rules clearly say that's a default". Nadal, who will bid for a 13th French Open title in Paris, returns to competition this week on clay in Rome for the first time in six months due to the pandemic.

World number two Rafael Nadal, bidding for a 10th Rome title, said he was "sorry" for Djokovic, adding "it's important to have the right self-control on the court, because if not, you can be unlucky as he was".

The title would have secured Djokovic his 18th grand slam title and narrowed the gap between him and his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who were not competing in NY, in the race to finish with most men's singles titles of all time.

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