1973 French Open runner-up Nikola Pilic claims Roger Federer would not have been disqualified for what Novak Djokovic was disqualified at the US Open last year.
During his US Open round-of-16 clash, Djokovic accidentally hit a line judge with a ball that was not in play.
Djokovic immediately apologized for his action and tried to explain himself to chair umpire.
After 10 years of deliberating, chair umpire decided to disqualify Djokovic.
“If Federer had done the same as Djokovic, they certainly would not have disqualified him from the US Open,” Pilic told Vecernji List.
Djokovic fell just short of winning this year’s US Open
Djokovic suffered a straight-set defeat to Daniil Medvedev in this year’s US Open final but he was touched by the love he received from the crowd.
“So many different emotions. What I said on the ceremony, I really mean it. Of course, part of me is very sad. It’s a tough one to swallow, this loss, I mean, considering everything that was on the line,” Djokovic said after the final.
“But on the other hand I felt something I never felt in my life here in New York. The crowd made me very special. They pleasantly surprised me. I did not know, I did not expect anything, but the amount of support and energy and love I got from the crowd was something that I’ll remember forever. I mean, that’s the reason on the changeover I just teared up. The emotion, the energy was so strong. I mean, it’s as strong as winning 21 Grand Slams. That’s how I felt, honestly. I felt very, very special.
“They touched my heart, honestly. Of course, in the end of the day you want to win. You’re a professional athlete. These are the kind of moments that you cherish. These are connections that you establish with people that will be lasting for a very long time.
“Yeah, it was just wonderful.”