Goran Ivanisevic has criticised the disqualification rule in Tennis after Novak Djokovic’s fourth round exit at the US Open.
It was on Sunday, when Novak Djokovic’s dreams of an 18th grand slam title vanished after being defaulted for unintentionally hitting a line umpire in the face with a tennis ball.
As the Serb was broken in the eleventh game of the first set, he hit the ball towards the back of the court, looking the other way, and accidentally hit the line umpire in the face which caused a disqualification from the tournament.
Although it was unintentional from the world number one, the rules state that a major offence of ‘aggravated behaviour’ results in a default.
Although many people have come to the conclusion of agreeing with the decision, one person who thinks the decision was wrong was Djokovic’s head coach, Goran Ivanisevic.
The former Wimbledon champion has defended his player, slamming the disqualification rule in the process, “I haven’t seen the line umpire, but as soon as I’ve heard her sighing, I knew that was it,” Ivanisevic told Sasa Ozmo of Sport Klub in an interview.
“The tragedy of it is that Novak wasn’t angry at all. I have watched that video 3.877 times and his biggest mistake is that he wasn’t looking in that direction. I am not talking about Novak now, I am against disqualification in general.
“OK if there is intention and you want to harm someone, but this was a complete accident. I’ve seen that some wrote that the ball went 130 km/h. Those people are crazy. The rules are what they are, it’s either warning or disqualification.
“I know that many won’t agree and I am not objective, but I think they should have just given him the game penalty. Start from the second set and that’s it.”
In the interview, Ivanisevic also explained how Djokovic felt after the incident, “He was by himself for a while, and then we talked. It is not easy for him, it was huge shock that nobody expected,” the Croatian said.
“What I find tragic is that many people act like they were just waiting for him to do something wrong, there is a lot of maliciousness and a lot of people happy that someone else is in trouble. Some of the media are out to get him and I really don’t know why that is.”
It is quite clear that Ivanisevic feels that the rule should be scrapped in future incidents but many would disagree as Djokovic’s actions on another day could have resulted in more serious injuries.
There is also an argument to say that this isn’t the first time that Djokovic has been close to a default and his temperament always seems to get the best of him on the big stages.
However the Serb will look to put this behind him as he goes to Rome and then Roland Garros, as he looks to stop Rafael Nadal from winning an astonishing 13th French Open title.
Ivanisevic believes that the Serb is capable of winning the title in Paris as long as he can put this incident behind him, “Novak is a born champion and this will make him even stronger. It’s good that he plays matches sooner rather than later, to leave all of this behind him. He needs to try to act like this happened 5 years ago. I think he is capable of winning Roland Garros.”
There is not much rest, as Rome starts on Monday while Roland Garros is due to start on the 27th of September.
Monte Carlo Breakthrough Leaves Andrey Rublev With Mixed Emotions
The world No.8 takes confidence from his latest run but admits it is ‘impossible’ to play at his very top level every week on the Tour.
After achieving a career milestone at the Monte Carlo Masters, Andrey Rublev was sent crashing down to earth on Sunday.
The Russian tennis star broke new territory at the tournament by reaching his first ever Masters 1000 final at the age of 23. However, he was denied the title by Stefanos Tsitsipas who produced a clinical performance to seal victory in just 71 minutes. Ending Rublev’s run of winning seven finals in a row.
“I feel happy with the week, and I feel super sad with the final, that I couldn’t show my game,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“Of course, I’m happy with the week because I beat so many great players and I beat one of the best players in history. It’s a special week.”
Earlier in the tournament Rublev stunned the draw when he upset Rafael Nadal in three sets en route to the semi-finals. Making it the fourth time in his career he has scored a win over a player ranked No.3 in the world. He is also the first player in history to come back from a set down to defeat Nadal at the tournament.
Besides the king of clay, Rublev also dismissed Roberto Bautista Agut and Casper Ruud. He has now won 24 matches on the ATP Tour this season which is more than anybody else. However, he is reluctant to link all of his match play with his latest performance.
“I feel tired after all the matches that I play, exhausted. But this is not excuse. He was just better than me, and that’s it,” he stated.
“Not always everything goes your way. It happened today. I was completely exhausted. Stefanos, he showed great game. He was just better than me, and that’s it.”
Despite his recent success, Rublev is eager to not get too far ahead of himself heading into the French Open. A Grand Slam where he has only played in the main draw twice before, including last year where he reached the quarter-finals.
“I would like to play really good in Madrid and I would like to play really good in Rome. I would like to play all of the weeks good. But it’s impossible,” he explains.
“Some of the weeks for sure will be better, some will be worse and some will be amazing.’
“For the moment I’m playing really consistent. I’m really happy I’m playing my best season so far. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”
Rublev is set to return to action next week at the Barcelona Open where he will be the third seed.
Former Australian Open Semi-Finalist Kyle Edmund Undergoes Surgery
It has been reported that the world No.69 may not be able to return to the Tour for ‘several more months.’
British world No.69 Kyle Edmund is set to be sidelined from the Tour for some time after having surgery to treat a long-standing problem in Switzerland.
The former British No.1 has confirmed he had a ‘small procedure’ on his knee after being hampered with issues in the area ever since 2018 when a scan revealed that he had fluid behind his left knee. Details of the surgery have not been disclosed by the person who conducted the operation was Dr Roland Biedert, according to BBC Sport. A specialist Orthopaedic surgeon who has also operated on Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro.
“I had a small procedure on my knee. I’m currently rehabbing. The recovery is going well and I hope to be back on court as soon as possible.” Edmund said.
Currently ranked 69th in the world, Edmund hasn’t played a competitive match since losing in the first round of qualifying at the Vienna Open last October due to his knee. 2020 saw mixed fortunes for the 26-year-old. After winning the New York Open during February of that year, he lost seven out of 10 matches played during the rest of the season. Including five defeats in a row.
No return date has been outlined by Edmund or his team following the surgery. However, British media have reported that he may be out for ‘several more months.’ Casting doubts over his chances of being ready in time for Wimbledon which starts on June 28th. He hasn’t been absent from a Wimbledon main draw since 2012.
Edmund has been ranked as high as 14th in the world with his best Grand Slam run being to the semi-finals of the 2018 Australian Open. Overall, he has won two ATP titles and has earned more than $5.7 in prize money.
Grigor Dimitrov Blames Poor Monte Carlo Performance On ‘Big Infection’
The 29-year-old reveals the reason behind his error-stricken performance at the Monte Carlo Country Club on Thursday.
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov said he simply ‘didn’t play’ in his latest match at the Monte Carlo Masters after winning just two games against Rafael Nadal.
The world No.17 fell 6-1, 6-1, to the 20-time Grand Slam champion in less than an hour on Thursday. He won 48% of his first service points and 32% of his second, as he hit 32 unforced errors. A dismal performance from Dimitrov who had beaten Jan-Lennard Struff and Jeremy Chardy earlier in the tournament.
Whilst it was never going to be easy playing somebody of Nadal’s calibre, Dimitrov has revealed that he had been troubled by an issue away from the court. He has been suffering from a ‘big infection’ in his tooth which has had an impact on his preparation for the match.
“I’ve been struggling with a massive tooth problem for the past four or five days,” he said. “I have a big infection in my tooth. It’s been hard. I haven’t been able to sleep well or eat well or anything like that.’
“I was bearing it for a while this whole week.”
It is another case of bad luck for Dimitrov on the Tour this season. At the Australian Open he reached the quarter-finals in what was his best Grand Slam performance since the 2019 US Open. However, in his last eight showdown with Russia’s Aslan Karatsev he was hindered by a back injury.
“It’s straight to the doctor’s, unfortunately,” he commented on his tooth. “Very, very unpleasant moment. It is what it is.’
“At least I’m glad it happened on a home soil so I can go see my dentist and figure this problem as soon as possible.Hopefully it’s not too serious and I’ll be able to come back as soon as possible.”
Speaking in his press conference, Nadal said he ‘felt sorry’ for his opponent who ‘played a bad match.’ During the match the world No.3 wasn’t aware of Dimitrov’s problem but was told about it afterwards.
“I wish him all the best. He’s a great guy, a good friend. I just hope the situation is to improve as soon as possible,” he said.
Nadal, who is seeking a record 12th title in Monte Carlo, will play Russia’s Andrey Rublev next.
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