New York, September 6
Denis Shapovalov is aware of higher than most how Novak Djokovic have to be feeling after the world No. 1 was sensationally defaulted from the US Open on Sunday for hitting a line choose within the throat with a ball.
Shapovalov, who reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-7(0) 6-Three 6-Four 6-Three win over David Goffin, suffered the identical destiny because the Serb in a 2017 Davis Cup tie when he smashed a ball in frustration and it hit umpire Arnaud Gabas within the face.
“It’s just super unfortunate for everybody,” the Canadian informed reporters on Sunday. “I imply, I’ve been in that scenario so I do know precisely how Novak is feeling.
“Of course, he had no intentions to go after the strains girl. Thankfully she’s okay. It may have ended up very, very dangerous.
“Hopefully Novak can shake it off and transfer on. I imply, in fact, he must develop and study from this.
“But it’s super, super unlucky as well.”
Djokovic’s exit, nonetheless, opens up the boys’s aspect of the draw and removes a serious impediment within the 21-year-old’s path to the ultimate because the Serb had been looming as a possible quarter-final opponent.
Instead, Shapovalov will play Pablo Carreno Busta for a spot within the semis.
With Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal — the opposite two members of the ‘Big Three’ — absent and no different Grand Slam champions left within the draw, Flushing Meadows will crown a first-time main champion.
“Obviously with some of the top guys not playing it’s opened up the draw quite a bit for everybody so you’re seeing a lot of new players that normally fans wouldn’t get to see,” Shapovalov mentioned in his on-court interview.
“It’s just amazing for the sport to have a new Grand Slam champion, it’s been getting pretty boring with these three guys winning every tournament.” Reuters