When a reporter told Djokovic his former coach, Boris Becker, said the first set was down to memories of what happened against Carreno Busta in New York, he all but laughed it off.
Djokovic’s errant forehand after the 11th game ended in New York inadvertently felled a line judge and he was disqualified in the fourth round, accounting for his lone official defeat of 2020.
“I told you guys many times I’m over it,” he said. “I’m not thinking about it at all. Zero per cent.”
Carreno Busta might be thinking about the chances he failed to take in the rematch. Down a set, Djokovic — who in the first set served at 40 per cent and hit 16 unforced errors, many on his usually rock-solid backhand — creaked in the third game of the second.
Presented with a passing shot chance after a hampered Djokovic hesitated on a smash, Carreno Busta sent his forehand wide. Not long after, he was on the wrong end of a five-game losing skid.