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Djokovic lands in Rome ready to turn the page after his expulsion from the US Open

Djokovic lands in Rome ready to turn the page after his expulsion from the US Open

Novak Djokovic, who landed in Rome to play the Masters 1000 in the Italian capital, said he wants to return to the court as soon as possible and turn the page after his notorious disqualification from the US Open for hitting a linesman with a ball.

“It’s okay to have a tournament that comes a week or ten days after what happened. Before I return to the competition, before I will overcome this memory, “said the world number 1 in a press conference at the Foro Italico, where the tournament began this Monday.

The Serbian, who will debut in Rome probably on Wednesday since he does not play the first round as seeded, explained his elimination in the second round of the American great.

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“It was totally unexpected and involuntary. But when you hit a ball like I hit it, you have a choice of hitting someone on the court. The rules are clear, I accept it. I must advance and move on to something else, “said Djokovic, who lost to Pablo Carreño, his first defeat in 2020, for this action.

Rafael Nadal, who will make his debut in the second round in Rome against Pablo Carreño, also appeared at a press conference and said he “felt” what happened to ‘Djoko’.

But they are things that should not be done. It is important to control your nerves on the court, because if you do not you can have a stroke of bad luck, as it happened to him. Obviously he did not want to hit anyone, “said the world number 2.

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– ‘I have an explosive character’ –

The number 1 recalled that he has worked a lot to “control emotions”, but did not want to commit to the future: “I cannot guarantee or promise that no more will happen to me in life, obviously I will do everything possible so that it does not happen, but everything is possible in life.

«I have an explosive character, I have always been a player of this type. In my career I have gone through ups and downs, controlling my emotions more or less well. But you are alone down there, there is a lot of intensity and pressure, because of what can happen to you, “he added.

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But I will never forget it. It will always be there. But I must digest it, accept the lesson and be smarter and richer in terms of experience, “he added.

Finally, the 33-year-old ended up with a joke about his intentions this week on Roman clay: “Hit the ball, but this time for sure during the point.”

With Roger Federer out due to injury, Djokovic and Nadal will play in this season finale to finish as number 1 a year marked forever by the pandemic. AFP (HN).

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