By Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Published: 09:37 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 09:58 BST, 15 September 2020
Rafa Nadal has questioned Novak Djokovic's 'self-control' in the wake of his US Open default for swiping a ball that a line judge in the throat.
Djokovic - who admitted on Monday that he can't guarantee such an incident won't happen again - was overwhelming favourite to win the New York Slam before the incident.
Nadal wasn't at the US Open because of coronavirus concerns but has offered his thoughts on the matter ahead of his own return to action at the Italian Open this week.
Rafa Nadal (left) has spoken on the importance of 'self-control' on court in the wake of Novak Djokovic's (right) default at the US Open for striking a ball that hit a line judge in the throat
Djokovic was booted out of the US Open for striking a line judge Laura Clark with a ball
Djokovic was immediately disqualified after the incident as his US Open hopes were ended
The Spaniard said: 'The consequences have been always the same. Nothing new on that.
'Novak was unlucky. [But] The rules clearly say that's a default. Sorry for him. He had an opportunity there.
'But in some ways you should not be doing this.
'It's very unfortunate, very unlucky situation. But it's important to have the right