The Latest: Djokovic back at stage of 2020 US Open loss

Novak Djokovic is back at the stage of his loss in the U.S. Open last year

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11:35 a.m.

Novak Djokovic is back at the stage of his loss at the U.S. Open last year.

The top-ranked Djokovic plays Monday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium against 20-year-old American Jenson Brooksby.

It was in the fourth round last year at Flushing Meadows that Djokovic was defaulted for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball after dropping a game in his match against Pablo Carreño Busta.

After then losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, Djokovic has gone on to win all three major tournaments this year, a 24-match winning streak in Grand Slam play. He will become the first man to win all four in the same year since 1969 if he wins the U.S. Open.

Olympic champions Alexander Zverev and Belinda Bencic were also on the Labor Day schedule. American Shelby Rogers, who knocked out women’s No. 1 seed Ash Barty, was set to face 18-year-old British qualifier Emma Raducanu.

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