Spanish tennis player Pablo Carreño Busta who was beaten by the Serbian legend Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinal of the French Open, has suggested his opponent intentionally called a medical time-out after the lost set.
The Spaniard claimed the world number-one player always uses that trick when facing tough resistance from his rivals.
“Every time the game gets complicated, he asks for medical assistance. He’s been doing this for a long time,” Carreño Busta said after the match.
“He didn’t surprise me [by asking for a medical time-out]. It was a good thing. It was a sign that he was losing and that I was playing well, because he always does that,” Carreno Busta said.
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“Every time the match gets complicated, he asks for medical assistance. It’s something that he has been doing for years. When he is down, he asks for a medical time-out,” the player added, noting that injuries stopped bothering Djokovic when he started winning.
The top-seeded Djokovic wore a bandage around his neck during the match and had troubles with his left arm, calling a medical time-out to ease the pain.
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"Every time the game gets complicated, he asks for medical assistance. He has been doing this for a long time; I knew what would happen at the US Open, what would happen here and what will continue to happen”
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The 17-time Grand Slam winner lost the game-opener against Carreño Busta 4-6 before winning the three following sets 6-2 6-3 6-4 to book a spot in his 10th French Open semifinal.
This was a rematch from the US Open, when Djokovic was sensationally disqualified in the fourth round after a ball hurled by him in frustration hit a line judge in the throat.
The Serb will now face off against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated Russia’s Andrey Rublev in his respective quarterfinal.