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Jiri Vesely retires injured to see Novak Djokovic advance in US Open

Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 12:39

Novak Djokovic will have an extra few days to recover from any ailments he may have this week at the US Open.

Madison Keys waves after defeating Alison Riske in the first round of the US Open tennis tournament, early Tuesday morning, August 30, 2016, in NY.

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, serves to Denis Istomin, of Uzbekistan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in NY. The win against Djokovic represented his first ever win over a Top 10 player, as he was 0-8 vs Top 10 opponents before that match.

Vesely inflicted a rare defeat on the Serb when he triumphed on clay at Monte Carlo in April.

Vesely is one of just five men that have beaten the World No.1 Djokovic this year. Afterward, Vesely said he didn't believe he could win - until he saw how Djokovic was playing.

So she stays in Manhattan, goes to get coffee, does a little shopping, puts in a bit of fitness work - and mostly rests up.

Novak Djokovic began the defence of his US Open title with victory over Jerzy Janowicz.

Djokovic has been battling a left wrist and an arm injury, for which he received treatment Monday night. He repeatedly winced and shook out the arm, his serves far slower than usual. Most of the seeded players remained heavy favorites, but most expected the action to be much more hotly contested on Day 3. You have to take into consideration that Djokovic is a very different opponent on a hard court.

A former No. 1, Wozniacki is now ranked 74th after dealing with an ankle injury and a series of losses. Vesely has notched another win against Top 10 opponents this year after beating Dominic Thiem at Wimbledon.

The American world No.120 blunted the Raonic serve throughout the match, winning seven of 18 break points as the Canadian struggled with his game, his body and the intense heat in NY.

But big serves are usually swallowed up by Djokovic's stellar return game - and he believes the roof structure on Ashe that cuts down wind aids him even more.

"Conditions are quite suitable to my style of the game", he said.

He now faces Czech Jiri Vesely in round two and after the match the World No.1 was reluctant to discuss his physical issues. Now as we jump into Round 2 the field is getting better and the competition starts to improve with the chance for big upsets.

Before the floodlights came up, Serena's elder sister Venus claimed a Grand Slam record of her own as her 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova marked her 72nd appearance in the main draw of a major.

The 55th-ranked McHale was trying to reach the third round at the U.S. Open for the third time. Rogers was a surprise quarterfinalist at the French Open this year.

Later under the lights, 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal was to face Andreas Seppi. In his second match back after a 2 1/2-month layoff, Nadal won that day 6-3, 6-3. Czech player had to withdraw from last week's match at Winston-Salem, and he also played a marathon first round encounter here in NY with Saketh Myneni that lasted nearly 4 hours.

On the women's side, second-seeded Angelique Kerber, the Australian Open champ, meets Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.