Djokovic on US Open Default: “Hopefully I can learn a big lesson”


Novak Djokovic said he hopes his default from the US Open will act as a powerful lesson in the future. Ahead of this week's Internazionali BNL d'Italia, four-time champion Novak Djokovic is doing his best to put his bizarre disqualification from the US Open behind him as he prepares to renew his Grand Slam hopes on the red clay in Europe. The Serb, who will face either Tennys Sandgren or Salvatore Caruso after his first-round bye at Rome, spoke of the incident again on Monday.
“My campaign finished there," he said of his disqualification in the US Open's round of 16. "But I still have good memories from the States this year. Of course it’s a bit of a shock to finish that way, but it is what it is. Life goes on. Hopefully I can learn a big lesson from that and move on.” 
Djokovic, who tied Pete Sampras on the ATP's all-time weeks at No.1 list this week, says that he spoke with the lineswoman who was struck by his errant ball and is relieved that she is okay. “I did talk with the lady, and checked on her after the match, if she was fine - she said she was fine, so thank god no one was really hurt badly.” 
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