Pablo Carreno Busta described Novak Djokovic's disqualification from the US Open for hitting a lineswoman with a ball as "bad luck". 

Djokovic was defaulted from the fourth-round clash at Flushing Meadows after reacting to being broken by Carreno Busta by hitting a spare ball away in disgust.

The ball struck the line judge who was audibly left gasping for air, with Djokovic joining another line official in coming to her assistance.

Djokovic pleaded his case to tournament officials but was eliminated from the tournament and will forfeit all ranking points and prize money gained from progressing to the last 16.

Carreno Busta, meanwhile, can now prepare for a last-eight meeting with either David Goffin or Denis Shapovalov.

"It's just a moment, I broke him the serve, he throw the ball," Carreno Busta said of the incident in a post-match media conference.

"I think it was bad luck. You cannot do this but of course I think Novak never want to hit the line umpire.

"The rules are the rules. I think both the referee and the supervisor do the right thing."

Djokovic did not make himself available for any post-match media commitments and reportedly left the site at Flushing Meadows.

Novak Djokovic's latest opportunity to close in on Roger Federer's record for the most grand slams won by a male player ended in remarkable circumstances at the US Open on Sunday.

With Federer and fellow legend Rafael Nadal absent in New York, Djokovic was the overwhelming favourite to move to 18 majors – just two shy of the Swiss great.

But Djokovic was defaulted in his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreno Busta after hitting a linesperson with a ball.

The Serbian, who had just dropped serve to fall 6-5 down in the first set, immediately apologised and another judge came over to help the woman who audibly gasped for air.

Below we take a look at some of the most famous examples of players being defaulted on the ATP Tour.

 

John McEnroe - January 1990

McEnroe was playing the relatively unknown Swede Mikael Pernfors in the fourth round of the Australian Open but saw his tournament come to an end after three separate code violations. The then-world number one received his first for intimidating a linesperson, the second for racket abuse and his third for swearing at the umpire and the tournament referee. McEnroe was leading two sets to one at the time, wasting an opportunity to win a trophy he never managed to lift.

Tim Henman - June 1995

Wimbledon's cult hero Henman and doubles partner Jeremy Bates became the first players in the Open Era to be defaulted from the tournament after he accidentally fired a ball into the head of a ball-girl. Their doubles match with Jeff Tarango and Henrik Holm was in a fourth-set tie-break with Henman and Bates up two sets to one, and a disbelieving crowd booed the decision as the players were forced to leave Court 14.

Stefan Koubek - June 2000, October 2007 and June 2010

Djokovic at least cannot yet be grouped with Koubek, who was remarkably disqualified from the main draw three times in his tennis career. In the 2000 French Open he threw his racket and it hit a ballboy, and he had already received three warnings during the match. Seven years later Koubek was the subject of a straightforward default for using abusive language to Metz tournament supervisor Thomas Karlberg, although he protested the insult was "out of the situation and not against Karlberg personally". In 2010, the same man was sensationally disqualified from an Austria League match for grabbing opponent Daniel Kollerer by the throat at the changeover.

David Nalbandian - June 2012

Nalbandian's default cost him the title at Queen's Club, with his remarkable misdemeanour coming in the 2012 final against Marin Cilic. After losing a point, Nalbandian angrily kicked a nearby advertising board, hitting the linesperson sat behind it in the right leg. Although the player quickly sought to apologise, the injured man hopped around pointing at his bloody shin. "I'm very sorry," Nalbandian said, before adding to boos: "Sometimes we feel a lot of pressure from the ATP to play a lot of tournaments."

Denis Shapovalov – February 2017

Now regarded as one of the men's game's best emerging talents, Shapovalov had a moment to forget during a Davis Cup tie for Canada against the United Kingdom while aged 17 over three years ago. After dropping serve to trail Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-4 2-1, Shapovalov smashed the ball in annoyance and struck French umpire Arnaud Gabas in the eye. He later described himself as "incredibly ashamed and embarrassed" as the result meant Great Britain won the tie.

Nick Kyrgios – May 2019

One of the most naturally gifted but controversial players on the ATP Tour, it is little surprise to see Kyrgios' name appear on this list. The Australian reacted badly to receiving a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in a second-round clash with Casper Ruud at the Italian Open. Kyrgios kicked out in disgust and launched a chair before walking off as he was disqualified by the umpire.

The decision to default Novak Djokovic from the US Open for hitting a linesperson with the ball was the correct call, according to Billie Jean King.

World number one Djokovic was disqualified during his fourth-round match against Pablo Carreno Busta after dropping serve to trail 6-5 on Sunday.

As he made his way back towards his chair, the Serbian hit a ball towards the back of the court and it connected with a line judge, who audibly gasped for air.

Djokovic went over to assist the woman but, following a lengthy conversation with the match officials, was defaulted for "intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences".

The 17-time major champion was the favourite to win the grand slam in New York and his exit leaves the men's singles draw wide open.

King wrote on Twitter: "Here are my thoughts on the Novak Djokovic default.

"First, I hope the line judge is okay. The rule is the rule. It is unfortunate for everyone involved, but in this specific situation the default was the right call."

Prior to seeing Carreno Busta break his serve, Djokovic received treatment on his shoulder have failed to convert any of the three set points he engineered in the 10th game.

Daniil Medvedev rolled into the US Open fourth round and he was joined by Dominic Thiem on Saturday.

Russian third seed Medvedev – last year's runner-up – eased past J.J. Wolf in straight sets at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Thiem, who is seeded second for this year's grand slam, ousted 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic.

As for exciting 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, he completed Canadian history.

 

MEDVEDEV CRUISES INTO LAST 16

The Russian produced another dominant performance, beating Wolf 6-3 6-3 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes.

Medvedev has not lost more than four games in a set through three matches, breaking seven times against his American opponent.

"It's good that I managed to win in three sets and I didn't even have to play [to] 7-5 because six months of not playing tennis, it's not easy to recover from playing five or four-set matches," Medvedev said. "With a day off and just a three-setter to play, I'm feeling good." 

Next up for Medvedev is 2019 Australian Open quarter-finalist Frances Tiafoe, who reached the US Open fourth round for the first time after taking down Marton Fucsovics 6-2 6-3 6-2.

 

 

THIEM OUSTS CILIC

Cilic put up a fight but three-time slam finalist Thiem was too good in a 6-2 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory in the night session.

Thiem hit 38 winners as he moved through to the second week of the US Open for the fifth time in seven appearances.

"I'm not 100 per cent yet. I still have to raise my level if I want to go deeper," Thiem said after two hours, 27 minutes on court. "I'm normally capable of doing this in the Slams [and] hopefully here as well."

 

OH CANADA!

Thiem will meet Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16 after the Canadian sensation dispatched Corentin Moutet 6-1 6-0 6-4.

Two days after eliminating 2012 winner Andy Murray, Auger-Aliassime impressed again as he joined countrymen Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil in the fourth round – the first time three Canadian players have reached the second week.

The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime also became the first player born in the 2000s to advance to a grand slam fourth round.

Last year's semi-finalist and sixth seed Matteo Berrettini, 10th seed Andrey Rublev and 21st seed Alex de Minaur also progressed.

Borna Coric and Denis Shapovalov produced incredible comebacks at the US Open, while Novak Djokovic eased into the last 16.

Coric and Shapovalov looked set for third-round exits at Flushing Meadows before fighting back for stunning wins on Friday.

Djokovic, meanwhile, had far fewer problems as he stayed on track for an 18th grand slam title.

There was also drama in New York before Alexander Zverev's third-round victory over Adrian Mannarino.

 

CORIC, SHAPOVALOV IN EPIC COMEBACKS

Coric was staring at an exit before responding to stun Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7-4).

Trailing by two sets to one, Coric – the Croatian 27th seed – fell 5-1 behind in the fourth against Tsitsipas on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

However, he saved six match points and won six consecutive games to force a decider.

After another thrilling battle, Coric came from a break down in the fifth set to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the third time in his career.

Coric will next face Jordan Thompson after the Australian brushed past Mikhail Kukushkin 7-5 6-4 6-1.

Shapovalov also looked set for an exit against American 19th seed Taylor Fritz.

The Canadian 12th seed trailed 5-2 in the fourth set before recovering to win 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

Shapovalov incredibly finished with 60 winners and 33 unforced errors to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the second time in his career.

He will meet David Goffin after the Belgian seventh seed proved too good for Filip Krajinovic 6-1 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

 

NO DRAMA FOR DJOKOVIC

Djokovic's comfortable run continued with a 6-3 6-3 6-1 win over Jan-Lennard Struff on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The world number one improved to 26-0 in 2020 and he has dropped just one set through his first three rounds in New York.

Djokovic has now made at least the fourth round in his previous 13 appearances at the US Open, where he is a three-time champion.

The Serbian had won all four of his previous meetings with Struff, including twice this year, and he outclassed the German 28th seed again.

Djokovic will next face Pablo Carreno Busta after the Spanish 20th seed eased past Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-3 6-2.

 

OFF-COURT DRAMA IN NEW YORK

Zverev's clash with Mannarino was delayed after health officials did not want the Frenchman to play.

Mannarino was one of the players put in a "bubble within a bubble" in New York after being in contact with Benoit Paire, who tested positive for coronavirus.

The Frenchman's third-round clash with Zverev was delayed before he was allowed to play, suffering a 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2 6-2 loss to the German fifth seed.

Zverev moved into the fourth round, where Alejandro Davidovich Fokina awaits.

Davidovich Fokina got past Cameron Norrie 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 6-2 6-1.

Adrian Mannarino revealed health officials told him he should not be allowed to face Alexander Zverev at the US Open before being cleared to play.

Mannarino was one of the players put in a "bubble within a bubble" in New York after being in contact with Benoit Paire, who tested positive for coronavirus.

The Frenchman's third-round clash with Zverev was delayed before he was allowed to play, suffering a 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2 6-2 loss to the German fifth seed.

Mannarino explained he was ready to go on Friday before officials intervened.

"Well, I was preparing to go on court. Actually, it was like 2.30pm. We knew there was a not before 2.30pm. I was just trying to get ready, warming up with my coach. I was actually ready to go on court. It was 2.30pm or something," he told a news conference.

"The tour manager came to talk to me at this time. He explained me the situation. Obviously, the State Department of Health took over the city actually. The city actually allowed me to play with a new protocol on Sunday. Obviously the state took over this decision to say that I've been exposed to a positive case obviously, so I should be quarantined in my room and not be able to go on the tennis court and play the match.

"They told me they were trying to contact on phone some guys to see if this decision could be changed. Obviously, many efforts have been done. They told me, 'Okay, we decided to put your match not before 5.00pm'. Sascha [Zverev] agreed, which is nice. They told me, 'We're going to have a look at the situation, trying to see if we can get you on court today', which obviously they did.

"Many things might have been happening during this time. I was just trying to get ready. I said myself to be ready to go on court at 5.00pm. I told my coach if anything happens, I give him my phone, I say, 'Just try to see what's going on, I'll let you handle all these things, I'm just going to try to eat something, get ready, focus, just be prepared as if I was going on court at 5.00pm. Let's see if I'm not able to go, then I'm not able to go. But if I'm in a position to be able to play, I just want to be ready'.

"I just want to be thankful to all these people who have been trying to get me on court today. As I say, many efforts have been done. I was able to play my tennis match. I'm pretty happy about that.

"Then I heard actually around 4.30pm or 4.40pm that I've been allowed to go on court today. I needed to be prepared to go at 5.00pm, which I did. Happen what happened. Unfortunately I lost the match. But still, as I said, I'm happy I was on court."

Novak Djokovic's comfortable run at the US Open continued with a straight-sets win over Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round.

Chasing an 18th grand slam title, Djokovic was untroubled by Struff in a 6-3 6-3 6-1 win on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday.

The world number one improved to 26-0 in 2020 and he has dropped just one set through his first three rounds in New York.

Djokovic has now made at least the fourth round in his previous 13 appearances at the US Open, where he is a three-time champion.

The Serbian had won all four of his previous meetings with Struff, including twice this year, and he outclassed the German 28th seed again.

Struff hung in there in the first set, until the eighth game – when Djokovic broke on his way to the opener.

A break in the opening game of the second set put Djokovic further on his way, and he took the Struff serve again to close it out.

Pushed a little to begin the third set, Djokovic landed another break to lead 3-1 and he never looked back on his way to the fourth round.

Awaiting Djokovic in the last 16 is Pablo Carreno Busta, the Spaniard having lost all three of his previous matches against the Serbian.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Djokovic [1] bt Struff [28] 6-3 6-3 6-1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS   

Djokovic – 34/23
Struff – 23/32

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS   

Djokovic – 4/5
Struff – 8/3

BREAK POINTS WON    

Djokovic – 5/11
Struff – 0/4

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE   

Djokovic – 63
Struff – 58

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE   

Djokovic – 80/57
Struff – 61/44

TOTAL POINTS   

Djokovic – 92
Struff – 64

Andy Murray admitted it will be tough to win another grand slam, saying he was back at "square one" in his career after his US Open exit.

The British three-time major winner was well beaten in the second round on Thursday, falling to Canadian 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-3 6-4.

The tournament in New York marked Murray's first grand-slam singles appearance since the 2019 Australian Open, having faced a career-threatening hip injury.

Murray, 33, said he needed more time after struggling to back up following his stunning comeback win over Yoshihito Nishioka, with the first-round clash going longer than four and a half hours.

"I don't know what I was expecting. The number one priority for me was that my hip was good, and it coped really well with a five-set match, which lots of people, myself included, weren't sure how I was going to do with that and actually coped relatively well the other day against a very tough opponent. So that was positive," he told a news conference.

"I feel like I'm back at square one, having not played in slams for a few years, I need to build up my body and my physical conditioning so that I have the ability to back up five-set matches.

"That takes a bit of time, unfortunately. Well, for me, anyway. Maybe other players it doesn't."

Murray last won a grand slam at Wimbledon in 2016, and he has not been beyond the second round at a major in just three appearances since 2018.

While he accepts winning another major will be difficult, Murray will not stop trying.

"I would say even after tonight, I would say I'm more positive about what I could do in grand slams than I was before I came over here. You guys obviously don't know how I was feeling even just a couple of months ago," he said.

"So like I said, to come over here and play, I played a couple of tough matches in Cincinnati and I played certainly one very tough match here, and my right hip felt good. That's really, really positive.

"There are other things that need to get better, but I would say that I'm more positive now than what I was a couple of months ago, that's for sure.

"In terms of winning grand slams again, that's going to be extremely difficult to do. It was hard enough when I had two normal hips. So it will be difficult, but I'll keep trying, like, why not? Why shouldn't I try my hardest to do that?

"And if I don't, that's all right. But I might as well shoot for the stars. And if I don't – yeah, if I don't get there, then that's all right. But I'm trying my best to get the most out of what my body gives me now."

Andy Murray's return at the US Open ended in the second round, while Daniil Medvedev's strong form continued on Thursday.

In singles action at a grand slam for the first time since the 2019 Australian Open, Murray produced a gutsy win in his opener, but fell in the second round in a rainy New York.

The three-time grand slam champion was joined by Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov in exiting the major, which is being played behind closed doors at Flushing Meadows.

Medvedev, meanwhile, continued to cruise, while Dominic Thiem was also untroubled.

 

MURRAY BOWS OUT

Murray fought hard but was sent packing by Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Canadian 15th seed recording a 6-2 6-3 6-4 win.

Auger-Aliassime was in impressive form on Arthur Ashe Stadium, hitting 52 winners and just 30 unforced errors.

Murray needed more than four and a half hours to get past Yoshihito Nishioka in the opening round, but Auger-Aliassime was too good.

The 20-year-old lost just 14 points on serve for the match, winning in two hours, seven minutes.

MEDVEDEV, THIEM EASE THROUGH

 

Medvedev is yet to drop a set at the grand slam after brushing past Australian Christopher O'Connell 6-3 6-2 6-4.

The Russian third seed and last year's runner-up was satisfied with his performance as he mixed 32 winners with 31 unforced errors.

"It was great. It was a great match. Nothing special but really happy to win in three sets," Medvedev said.

"I didn't lose my serve, which is always important. Managed to break early in the second and third set, and first set was, I think, under control also.

"Happy to be through, and let's see what the next rounds will give us."

Up next for Medvedev is J.J. Wolf, the American 21-year-old recording a 6-2 6-4 6-3 win over Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round.

Thiem, the three-time grand slam runner-up and second seed, cruised past Sumit Nagal 6-3 6-3 6-2 on his 27th birthday.

A tougher test is awaiting the Austrian, who will meet Marin Cilic after the 2014 champion beat Norbert Gombos 6-3 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-5.

 

RAONIC, DIMITROV STUNNED

Having reached the Western & Southern Open final, Raonic looked in fine form in the United States.

However, the 25th seed fell in the second round, losing to fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

Dimitrov, the 14th seed, also exited, edged by Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-4 6-1 after four hours, 50 minutes.

But last year's semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini is embarking on another run, the Italian sixth seed beating Ugo Humbert 6-4 6-4 7-6 (8-6).

Roberto Bautista Agut, Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov, Alex de Minaur and Casper Ruud also advanced on what was another good day for male seeds.

Dominic Thiem said he was annoyed by the approach of officials after he requested a Red Bull during his second-round win at the US Open.

Thiem, the second seed, asked for the energy drink during his 6-3 6-3 6-2 win over Sumit Nagal in New York on Thursday.

Celebrating his 27th birthday, the Austrian's request for a Red Bull was initially denied, reportedly because organisers did not want the company's label visible.

But, Thiem said he was annoyed by the officials' request they be allowed to take the can and pour it into a plain cup when he was not present.

"It's not allowed, the Red Bull can, on court, which is completely fine. I know that," he told a news conference afterwards.

"Sometimes it helps me a lot on court, so I want to have it. I can also drink it in a plain cup."

Thiem added: "They wanted to go out with the open can and fill it in a plain cup without me observing it. That's what p***** me off a little bit because the anti-doping rules are so strict. I don't want to lose the can out of my sight.

"In general, they are so strict rules these days, and they propose me to fill the can in a plain cup without me observing it. That p***** me off a little bit.

"But, well, it was just a little thing. Nothing happened at the end."

Thiem, a three-time grand slam runner-up, will face Croatian and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in the third round.

Kristina Mladenovic hit out at her "atrocious" US Open conditions following an incredible second-round collapse, saying she felt like a prisoner or criminal after coming into contact with Benoit Paire.

Mladenovic had to enter what she described as "a bubble within the bubble" at Flushing Meadows after practicing and playing cards with compatriot men's star Paire, who tested positive for coronavirus.

The 27-year-old looked to have adjusted well to the strange setting as she beat Hailey Baptiste in the first round and then led Varvara Gracheva 6-1 5-1 in the second.

But Mladenovic was remarkably beaten 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-0, losing her way completely in the decider after allowing Gracheva to recover in the second set.

The 2015 US Open quarter-finalist pulled no punches after the match as she said she lost "partly because of the conditions" and revealed her regret at entering the tournament due to the way she felt she had been treated due to her association with Paire.

"The third set, I can't describe how I feel. It's distress, really," Mladenovic said. "We should sit down and make a list of what we are going through.

"It's not even acceptable what they do. The third set is a total collapse. I'm going to stop there, I don't know what to tell you.

"How can I tell you [the details]? Even to take a step to the right, they have to ask permission. We have no freedom of movement, no identity. I have the impression that we are prisoners, criminals.

"For any movement, they have to ask if we have the right to do it, even though we are tested every day and have had 30 negative tests. It's abominable, the conditions are atrocious.

"If I had known that playing cards for 40 minutes, with a mask, with a player who tested positive and then finally negative, would have these consequences, I would never have played this tournament."

Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas booked their spots in the US Open third round, while Novak Djokovic is also through.

Zverev and Tsitsipas, seeded fifth at fourth respectively, were challenged but came through their tests in New York on Wednesday.

The duo shape as two main threats to Djokovic at Flushing Meadows, where the grand slam is being held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Djokovic remained unbeaten this year on what was a dominant day for the seeds in the men's draw.

 

ZVEREV, TSITSIPAS CONTINUE RUNS

Zverev did not have things all his own way but was still too good for Brandon Nakashima 7-5 6-7 (8-10) 6-3 6-1.

The German – a semi-finalist at the Australian Open this year – mixed 60 winners with 35 unforced errors to advance in just under three hours.

Next up for Zverev is Adrian Mannarino, the French 32nd seed beating Jack Sock 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-2.

Tsitsipas reached the third round of the US Open for the first time after a 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 6-4 win over Maxime Cressy.

The Greek had won just once in his previous two main-draw appearances in New York, but is through to what shapes as an entertaining clash with Borna Coric.

Coric, the Croatian 27th seed, needed more than four hours to overcome Juan Ignacio Londero 7-5 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3.

 

DJOKOVIC GOES 25-0

After an early blip, Djokovic got past Brit Kyle Edmund 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 6-2.

The world number one improved to 25-0 this year as he chases the 18th grand slam title of his career.

"I thought there's a lot of positives in the last couple weeks. Had plenty of match play on the court. I competed great, especially in the last couple of matches during the Cincinnati tournament. Those were very important wins I think mentally for me coming into US Open," Djokovic, who won the Western & Southern Open, said.

"I don't feel tired. I don't feel like energy or recovery is going to be an issue or is an issue for me. In contrary, I actually feel very fit. I love playing best-of-five [sets]. I like my chances best of five on the centre court of US Open against anybody in the world.

"Being experienced player and playing on a big stage for so many times, obviously part of the tour for 15 years, helps in these kind of particular situations.

"I'm just going to do what I know works best for me and hope for the best."

Up next for Djokovic is Jan-Lennard Struff, who claimed a 6-2 6-2 7-5 win over Michael Mmoh.

 

SEEDS IN COMPLETE CONTROL

The seeds dominated on Wednesday as 11 of the 13 in action reached the third round.

David Goffin, Denis Shapovalov, Taylor Fritz, Filip Krajinovic and Pablo Carreno Busta were among those advancing.

The only two losses came by Cristian Garin, who was edged by Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-1 3-6 4-6 7-5, and Hubert Hurkacz, the Pole falling to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-4 1-6 6-2 6-2.

Novak Djokovic overcame an early blip to defeat Great Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the second round of the US Open on Wednesday.

The world number one had few issues in his previous outing as he improved to 24-0 for the year, but Edmund did initially cause Djokovic problems at Flushing Meadows.

Edmund, ranked 44 in the world, claimed the first set in a tiebreak as the possibility of a shock reared its head, but Djokovic stepped up thereafter and rarely looked in trouble.

After three hours and 13 minutes on court, Djokovic eventually saw off Edmund to set up a meeting with Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round.

Edmund more than held his own in a tight and well-matched first set, the Briton proving particularly adept when coming to the net as he read a couple of Djokovic drop shots to good effect.

Neither player could break the other's serve and the first set ultimately went to the tiebreak, but Djokovic was on the back foot early on as Edmund initially edged ahead.

A wayward cross-court shot at 5-5 from the Serb gifted his opponent a golden opportunity, which he grasped with a ferocious serve straight down the middle to take the lead.

But Djokovic's response was relatively swift, securing the first service break in the fourth game of the second set when an Edmund double fault proved decisive.

Djokovic saw out the set relatively comfortably, sealing it with an ace, before then cranking his game up another level and taking charge of the third with successive breaks, the second of which was to love.

The pair traded another trio of breaks in the following three games, with both players bizarrely error-prone, but Djokovic did eventually close the set out at the fourth time of asking.

Djokovic, seemingly anticipating few issues for the remainder of the match, let out a scream of joy as Edmund failed to hold his serve again at the start of the fourth, and the 17-time grand slam champion cruised thereafter to finish off the 25-year-old's resistance.

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