Novak Djokovic’s hope of winning an 18th Grand Slam was dashed some minutes ago as he was defaulted from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open.
Novak Djokovic who have been able to write his name among the best to have
ever graced the game faulted from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open after
he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball Sunday.
It was a stunning end to Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0
start to this season.
Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to fall
behind 6-5 in the first set.
As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball behind him.
The ball hit a female line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court.
After a discussion of several minutes with officials on court, Djokovic walked over to
shake hands with Carreno Busta, and the default was announced.
Djokovic won his 17th Grand Slam singles title in Australia and was an overwhelming favourite to make it 18 in New York having not lost a match all season.