Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Novak Djokovic Receives US Open Walkover When Jiri Vesely Withdraws

Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 15:17

Djokovic had to call the trainer five games into the match and his usually potent serve was under-strength, as he battled past the Pole in four sets.

Novak Djokovic benefited from a stroke of good fortune as the world No 1 received a walkover into the third round of the US Open. Playing Novak, you really have to be 100 per cent ready. Vesely wrote on Instagram afterward that the arm had been bothering him for a couple of days and he would see what the doctors in NY said about it. "That's what gave me a little bit more confidence".

Hampered by knee and lower back injuries for the first half of the season, Janowicz came into the match at No.247 in the men's singles rankings and looking to reach the second round in NY for the first time since 2014. He lost in the third round at Wimbledon, then after a title in Toronto, fell in the first round at the Olympics, bothered by a left wrist injury.

Djokovic has been battling a left wrist and an arm injury, for which he received treatment Monday night.

After dropping a set in his opening match at a major for the first time since 2010, Djokovic didn't want to talk about what was going on with his arm. That injury also kept him from playing at Cincinnati. A rested and healthy Djokovic is as unsafe of a player as you'll find.

Vesely, 23, is now ranked 49th.

At the U.S. Open, Vesely was coming off his best performance at a major, a run to the round of 16 at Wimbledon that included another win over a top-10 player in Dominic Thiem.

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