Top player Novak Djokovic arrived to New York looking to close in on the gap between himself and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam (Majors) list. Djokovic ranks third on the all-time behind Nadal’s 19 titles and Federer’s 20.
But, during Sunday’s fourth round match against No. 20 seed Pablo Carreno Busta, Djokovic’s hopes of adding to his resume quickly dissipated when he was defaulted after he hit a ball in frustration that struck a line judge on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Djokovic entered the tournament at 23-0 in 2020 and won the Australian Open earlier this year. He was aiming to win his 18th Grand Slam title and fourth US Open trophy.
Djokovic, 33, was the favorite to win this year’s US Open men’s singles title and entered as the No. 1 seed in the tournament partly due to the…