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VIDEO SHOWS: NOVAK DJOKOVIC TALKING ABOUT INCIDENT AT US OPEN WHICH SAW HIM DISQUALIFIED / US OPEN FINAL AND CHANCES AT ROME MASTERS / STILLS OF US OPEN FINAL INCIDENT / B-ROLL OF DJOKOVIC
ROME, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 14, 2020) (ATP MEDIA - NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TENNIS PLAYER NOVAK DJOKOVIC SAYING:
"I felt great. Actually I felt good throughout the Western and Southern Open, won that tournament and played really well up to the fourth round and then an unfortunate thing happened on that match with Carreno Busta and I was defaulted and my campaign finished there. But you know, I still have good memories from States from this year, of course it is a bit of a shock to finish in that way. But it is what it is, life goes on. Hopefully I can learn a big lesson from that and I did talk with a lady, Laura, 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.
"And the tournament ended with a phenomenal finals, I watched it not all the way through from the fourth set and I think (Alexander) Zverev and (Dominic) Thiem deserved to be in the finals and both of them deserved to win the trophy, as Dominic said it is sad there wasn't two winners last night, but he lost in the previous three Grand Slam finals and he won his fourth and the way he won it was just very impressive. Both of these guys are just great role models and examples of respect towards each other. Friendship, respect and appreciation above every rivalry that is out there. Of course there is a lot of intensity, you want to win when you are on the court, but the way they greeted each other after the match and the way they spoke about each is truly beautiful message for everyone in the tennis and sports world."
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 6, 2020) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - MUSE COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - DANIELLE PARHIZKARAN)
2. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOS OF NOVAK DJOKOVIC CHECKING ON LINE JUDGE AFTER HITTING HER WITH TENNIS BALL DURING U.S. OPEN FOURTH ROUND MATCH AGAINST PABLO CARRENO BUSTA
3. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOS OF DJOKOVIC SPEAKING TO OFFICIALS AFTER INCIDENT
4. STILL PHOTO OF DJOKOVIC WALKING AWAY FROM OFFICIAL AFTER BEING DISQUALIFIED FROM MATCH
5. STILL PHOTO OF DJOKOVIC SHAKING HANDS WITH MATCH WINNER CARRENO BUSTA
6. STILL PHOTO OF DJOKOVIC WALKING OFF COURT
ROME, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 14, 2020) (ATP MEDIA - NO RESALES / NO ARCHIVE
7. SOUNDBITE (English) TENNIS PLAYER NOVAK DJOKOVIC SAYING:
"As I said, with crowd and without crowd is a huge difference, but at the same time as soon as I landed in Rome I felt like at home, I truly do feel very welcome here, and I see people from the tournament organisation in the hotel that I have known for many years and the kind of appreciation and respect we have for each other makes me feel good and when I feel good I have a better chance to perform well and that is what I am hoping. It is a first tournament on clay for me, and for anybody really, for most of the guys at least who didn't play in Kitzbuhel, and we just hoping we can start off well because obviously this surface is the most demanding surface physically and mentally as well, it is the slowest surface and it takes more effort to construct the point and you have to adjust game wise and tactically to it, and hopefully I can make that adjustment very quickly."
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
8. VARIOUS OF DJOKOVIC TRAINING AHEAD OF ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
STORY: World number one Novak Djokovic says he has learnt a lesson from the incident that led to his disqualification at the U.S. Open for striking a line judge with a ball.
The Serb was disqualified in the fourth round in New York when he hit a ball in frustration after dropping serve in the first set against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, hitting the line judge in her throat and causing her to fall to the floor.
Djokovic, who had already apologised for the incident, said that he called on the lineswoman to check on her health since the incident at Flushing Meadows and 'life goes on'.
Following the incident, the tournament organisers confirmed Djokovic was fined $250,000 -- his prize money for reaching round four. The 33-year-old was also fined an additional $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The disqualification, however, gave Djokovic more time to regroup before his claycourt opener at this week's Italian Open.
Having won 26 of 27 matches on tour this season, Djokovic remains one of the favourites to win the French Open, which begins on Sept. 27.
(Production: Iain Axon)