Djokovic undone by injury and Stan Wawrinka
NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic may have thrown in the towel, but it's not like that Stan Wawrinka He made his first quarterfinal of the United States Open since the fall of 2016, when he won the title at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Serbian did not finish the game on Sunday, but the strong Swiss man left nothing left undone to take his place in the last eight, where he will face the young Russian Daniil Medvedev .
The incomplete score was not what the 34-year-old wanted: 6-4, 7-5, 2-1, but it didn't spoil his story, returning as he has done for two years in the desert, after knee surgery .
Wawrinka, who arrived for his post-game conference, wearing his characteristic 'Stan The Man' tee, said: I'm sorry, he had to retire to finish the game like that, but for me, the most important thing is the way I'm playing, The way I move Tonight I think it was a really high level. That is the most important. When you play No. 1 and hear the fans boo him when he had to retire, that's amazing.
The No. 1 in the world, who was booed off the court throughout the house after 1 hour and 46 minutes of play, blamed the decision on his left shoulder.
The pain has been constant for weeks. Some more days, some days with less intensity. I've been taking different things to relieve pain, Djokovic said. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. When you feel that you can no longer shoot (you stop).
The 32-year-old disappointed said he was not offended by the reaction of the crowd. Sorry for the crowd. Obviously they came to watch a complete game. A lot of people didn't know what was going on, so you can't blame them, he said.
Earlier, the duo met for the first time since the end of 2016 here, which the Swiss won, saw Djokovic having to deal with both a difficult opponent and a problematic left shoulder that hindered the throwing of his ball and his backhand. World number 1 entered the tournament with an inflammation, which seemed to have had control in its third round showdown against Denis Kudla .
Djokovic had the coach on the court at the end of the set, but there were no splashes from the depths for No. 1 in the world, which broke in love in the third game. A double foul after only 10 minutes from the start of the set saw Djokovic shake his head and walk towards the net. It was over.
Meanwhile, at the adjacent Louis Armstrong Stadium, Medvedev's exchanges with the fifth seeded with the crowd met a second night, this time ending with a dance move to celebrate his inaugural entry into the Grand Slam quarterfinals. The 23-year-old Russian took German qualifier Dominik Koepfer 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) to reach the last eight.
Medvedev, who had duct tape on his shoulder, arm and leg, thanked the crowd of about 14,000 people who supported him instead of his opponent. My kidnapper hurt before the game. My shoulder hurt. I took as many pain relievers as I could. And you, being against me, gave me a lot of energy to win. Thanks, he said. while the crowd continued mocking.
THE INDIAN CHALLENGE ENDS
Meanwhile, in the third round of men's doubles, India Rohan Bopanna and from Canada Denis Shapovalov went down to british seeds 15 Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski 3-6, 4-6. Bopanna and his American partner Abigail Spears retired in the second round of mixed doubles, falling 5-7, 6-7 (4-7) against Frenchman Fabrice Martin and the American Raquel Atawo .