sport news Rafa Nadal questions Novak Djokovic's temper after US Open default

'It's important to have the right self-control on court': Rafa Nadal questions Novak Djokovic's temperament after US Open default for hitting ball that struck line judge as Serbian himself admitted he may act recklessly again Djokovic defaulted at the US Open after hitting a ball that struck a line judge Serbian world No 1 admitted he couldn't guarantee there won't be a repeat Nadal entered the debate by talking about the importance of 'self-control' Spaniard said rules are in place for a reason and the default was the right call 

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 09:37 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 09:58 BST, 15 September 2020

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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

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 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

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

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