Both tennis players are preparing to debut at the Masters 1000 in Rome, where Thiem and Zverev, finalists in New York, will not play.
Serbian Novak Djokovic acknowledged that he was “in shock for two days” after being disqualified at the US Open for the involuntary pitch he hit a linesman in the match against the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta.
“I am sure it is an experience that I will have throughout my career. The important thing is that the linesman is fine. I listened to her in the following days and luckily she had recovered,” commented the world tennis number one in the preview of the Masters 1000 in Rome.
“After that episode I was in shock for two days. I had a great guilt and it was a great life lesson“said the Serb.
And he added: “That is the most important thing. How do people feel about this episode? It is true that it has been talked about, I understand. But I am going to continue on my way, aware of what I have done.”
About the final of the Open, Nole He analyzed that “Sascha (Zverev) played very well most of the game and Dominic (Thiem) didn’t get off to a good start, but then he grew up.” And he appreciated the words of both players in New York: “I really liked the way they said goodbye, it is a great message for all the players and for the sport in general”,
Spaniard Rafael Nadal was not left out of opinion about Djokovic’s disqualification at the US Open. “He was unlucky. I feel sorry. He had a chance at this Slam, “he said of the world number one.
Although he commented on what happened: “Things like this should not be done, but they happen in unfortunate circumstances. On the court it is important to be in control to avoid bad luck. I sure didn’t want to hit anyone“.
Regarding his decision not to compete in the US Open, Nadal defended his position. “I do not regret not having played the US Open. I did not follow it much, I only saw the end. When you make a decision, you go ahead with it. I did what I thought was best for me and my family,” he said .
“Rafa He has decided to prepare for the dirt, he is always the favorite in the clay tournaments, “Djokovic opined on Nadal’s return to brick dust.” Right after that is Thiem. Adapting will be important for me and others. I have had 4 or 5 days of training and I have trained enough but we will see it on the track, “he added.
On the pandemic that the world is suffering, Djokovic said: “It changed everything and of course also our sport. Luckily we are back in the game, although obviously the program is very intense. I understand that Thiem and Zverev resigned from Rome when they finished playing. the final of the US Open on the other side of the world a few hours ago. “
How Nadal faces his return to the activity? “I am delighted to return. The circumstances have been heavy for all, difficult. But here we are. Rome is always exciting. It is undoubtedly one of the most important events in the world,” he said.
“And at the same time, of course, it won’t be the same without crowds and being in the bubble without being able to enjoy the city a little bit. But at least there is a tournament here in Rome and that’s good,” Nadal added.
With information from EFE