Pablo Carreno Busta advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open on Sunday when Novak Djokovic was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct.
After Carreno Busta broke to lead 6-5 in the first set, Djokovic hit a ball that made contact with a lineswoman. Following an extended discussion between Djokovic and tournament officials, the match was ended.
The World No. 1 had three consecutive set points on Carreno Busta’s serve at 5-4, 0/40. On the first of those chances, the Spaniard laced a forehand down the line that was called out. A challenge revealed the ball clipped the back of the baseline by mere millimetres, keeping the 20th seed in the set. Carreno Busta held that service game to even the opener at 5-5.
When Djokovic served at 0/15 in the next game, he awkwardly fell mid-rally, bracing himself on his left wrist before quickly grabbing his left shoulder. The Serbian immediately took a medical timeout to get treatment for his shoulder before returning to the court.
After being broken in the same game to fall behind 5-6, Djokovic hit a ball that inadvertently made contact with a lineswoman at the back of the court.
Carreno Busta is into the last eight in Flushing Meadows for the second time. In 2017, he reached the semi-finals before losing against Kevin Anderson. He will face seventh seed David Goffin or 12th seed Denis Shapovalov in his third Grand Slam quarter-final.
There will be a first-time Grand Slam champion at this US Open. The only past major finalists remaining in the draw are second seed Dominic Thiem and third seed Daniil Medvedev.