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'Novak Djokovic is a great player and a great person,' says ATP ace ahead of rematch

US Open incident should not be allowed to define world number one, says Roland Garros rival.
Novak Djokovic standing proud

Pablo Carreno Busta has reiterated his comments from the US Open about Novak Djokovic, describing him as 'a great player and a great person.'

Carreno Busta and Djokovic will reunite at Roland Garros on Wednesday for the first time since the Serbian's disqualification in their fourth round at the US Open last month.

On that occasion, Djokovic accidentally struck a line-judge with a spare ball, leading to his defaulting, but Carreno Busta says it shouldn't be allowed to define the world number one.

"I think Novak is a great player, a great person," Carreno Busta told the Spanish press of Djokovic.

"Sometimes we cannot control our emotions. [It was] a mistake."

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Carreno Busta was almost just a footnote in the drama that unfolded in New York, but he was always immediately supportive of Novak Djokovic at the time too.

"No, of course I think this was not intentional," he told the press at Flushing Meadows in September.

"I don’t think that any one of us, of the players, do this kind of thing intentional, you know. It’s just the moment. It’s just I broke him the serve, and, you know, he throw the ball.

“I think that it was bad luck, no? You cannot do this, but of course I think that Novak never, never wants to hit the line umpire.”

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