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Former world top 10 Nikola Pilici believes that Roger Federer would not have been disqualified from the US Open had he committed a similar offence to the one that saw Novak Djokovic removed from the tournament. World number one Djokovic was defaulted from the second major of the season after accidentally hitting a line judge with the ball.
He said, as per Tennis World: “In my opinion, Novak Djokovic accidentally hit the referee ball. I think he should have been punished with a confiscated game. It is not right to disqualify the first in the world because of this.
“I believe that the judge also acted a little, I don’t think she was so hurt. Do you think Roger Federer would be kicked out for something like this? No chance. This decision is tendentious.”
Officials announced that the line judge was under the observation of the tournament doctor and will “return to work when she and the doctor feel it is appropriate.”