Djokovic's US Open dream over, retires hurt during third set

Djokovic's US Open dream over, retires hurt during third set

This all happened three games into the third set after Djokovic had dropped the first two sets by scores of 6-4 and 7-5.

"The pain was constant for weeks now, some days higher, some days with less intensity", Djokovic said. The crowd booed Djokovic for his decision. He responded with a thumbs-up. "I was quite confident with the level I had but you never know when you are playing the number one player in the world".

Djokovic had won 36 of his past 37 Grand Slam matches, and four of the last five major titles, in one of the most dominant stretches this sport has seen. "I have nothing more to talk about", he said. But it's a long road ahead for me.

"Feeling excited first to be in US Open quarterfinals for the first time".

Defending US Open champion Djokovic retires injured

Stan Wawrinka celebrates a point against Novak Djokovic.

"It's never the way you want to finish the match", said the No. 23-seeded Wawrinka, who will face No. 5 Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals.

"I don't really pay too much attention on that", Djokovic said of both the earlier criticism and the crowd's support for his opponent.

It promises to make Federer's path to a highly sought after first US Open final against Rafael Nadal much easier after the Swiss star was scheduled to meet Djokovic in the semis.


"Obviously Grand Slam season is done for me".

Wawrinka now has a clearer path to a meeting with fellow Swiss Roger Federer. Federer won the next five games to seize the opening set, 11 of the next 13 to grab command and 17 of the final 19 in stunningly rapid fashion. The victor will face either Roger Federer or Grigor Dimitrov in the semis, while Rafael Nadal looms as a potential finalist from the other side of the draw.

The shoulder injury nearly saw Djokovic retire from his second-round match on Wednesday but the 32-year-old seemed to have recovered by Friday, saying he was almost pain-free after winning in straight sets to reach the last 16.

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins the first set against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the fourth round on day seven of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


While Djokovic is a righty, he uses his left arm for the ball tosses on his serves and to grip the racket for his two-fisted backhands. "He's a good friend, unbelievable champion". I'm planning to. I don't see an end behind the corner at all.

He managed to lead 3-0 and 4-1 in the second set, but that was just about all he had in him.When that set ended, Djokovic had a trainer on for a massage, but soon thereafter, his title defence was over.


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