Novak Djokovic was worthy of to be disqualified from the United States Open when he struck a line judge with negligent though unintended ball abuse, Serbia’s previous Davis Cup coach Bogdan Obradovic informed Reuters on Monday.

World number one Djokovic was disqualified while trailing Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-5 in the opening set of their fourth-round tie on Sunday, striking a line judge with a petulant swipe of the ball.

The event happened after Djokovic misused 3 set points on his challenger’s serve and then dropped his own, handing the Spaniard the effort.

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” He drove through a red light,” Obradovic, who supervised of a Djokovic-led Serbia team which raised the 2010 Davis Cup, told Reuters by telephone.

” I sympathize with him since he remained in excellent form and on course to win his 18th Grand Slam title, however the guidelines on ball and racket abuse are clear and they apply to everyone.

” He dragged himself into the mud by making a ridiculous mistake in regrettable scenarios. We are all human and all of us vent our disappointments often, but there is no excuse for putting somebody in damages’ way, albeit unintentionally.

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” The most crucial thing is that the girl is great and people saying that it wasn’t that bad should really review that position and put themselves in her shoes.”

Serbian fans leapt to Djokovic’s defence on message boards in the consequences of the occurrence, with some recommending the line judge struck by the ball “embellished her discomfort” and responded as if she had actually been “struck by a soccer ball.”

Obradovic’s peer Radmilo Armenulic, who coached the previous Yugoslavia Davis Cup group in the 1980s and 1990s, told Reuters he was shocked with the choice though he acknowledged Djokovic likewise had himself to blame.

” To be sincere, I was expecting more lax punishment due to the fact that Djokovic saved this year’s U.S. Open by entering the tournament amidst the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

“( Rafa) Nadal pulled out and (Roger) Federer is recuperating from knee surgery so they really required him there. But it’s as if they couldn’t wait to expel him.

” However, he offered them trigger with a reckless reaction. Extremely regrettable, but he will recover from this and proceed since he is mentally strong.”