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Djokovic out of US Open after hitting line judge with ball

Djokovic was favorite to win tournament before disqualification
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, checks a linesman after hitting her with a ball in reaction to losing a point to Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, during the fourth round of the US Open tennis championships, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in New York. Djokovic defaulted the match.
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, checks a linesman after hitting her with a ball in reaction to losing a point to Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, during the fourth round of the US Open tennis championships, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in New York. Djokovic defaulted the match.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Published: Sep. 6, 2020 at 9:51 PM MDT
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NEW YORK (AP) - Top-seeded Novak Djokovic has been defaulted from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball.

The 33-year-old from Serbia left the tournament grounds without speaking to the media but posted an apology on Instagram. It was a stunning end to Djokovic’s 29-match winning streak and bid for an 18th Grand Slam title.

Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreño Busta, to fall behind 6-5 in the first set. As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic angrily smacked a ball behind him. He had been the overwhelming favorite for the championship.

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