Reigning champion Novak Djokovic battled a shoulder problem that hampered his serve and backhand as he secured a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-1 win over Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero and reached the third round of the US Open on Wednesday.
Defending US Open champion complained of feeling “quite rough and unpredictable” as a nagging shoulder problem hampered him during Wednesday’s second-round win over Juan Ignacio Londero. The world number one received medical treatment to his left shoulder throughout the match on his way to a win and said he feared the injury could have forced him to retire.
“I was definitely tested and this is something I have been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said when asked about the injury. “It wasn’t easy, obviously, playing with the pain but you have to find a way to fight and hope you get some lucky shots.”
Djokovic returned to court to close out the first set and then had more treatment before Londero, playing in only his second main draw match at Flushing Meadows, broke him twice for a 3-0 lead in the second. So bothered was Djokovic by his backhand that in the third game of the second set, at 30-30 and with Londero well out of position, he failed to get even a soft backhand to the open court over the net.
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18 September, 2019