US Open champ Djokovic quits while down in 4th round

Ross Houston
September 2, 2019

Novak Djokovic insists his eyes are still firmly on beating Roger Federer's Grand Slam record despite his shock retirement from the US Open.

Djokovic - the No. 1 player in the world and the defending champion - suddenly retired during the third set of his fourth-round match against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka at Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY due to a left shoulder injury.

Djokovic was down 6-4 7-5 2-1 on Arthur Ashe Stadium and opted to end the match rather than play it out.

"It's never the way you want to finish the match", said Wawrinka, who will face No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals. I feel sorry for him, but I think I was playing super-good tennis. There was no way back for Novak from there, saving a break point in game nine before Wawrinka broke him at 15 in game 11 with some incredible hitting, taking 12 of the last 15 points to close the set after a weak drop shot from Djokovic in game 12.

But he began complaining about his left shoulder during a second-round victory, when he repeatedly got massaged by a trainer during changeovers.

Djokovic, a 16-time major victor and triple US Open champion, was carrying a left shoulder injury but had offered little information as to its severity.

The Serbian battled a shoulder injury in his second-round win over Juan Ignacio Londero but appeared to suggest his condition had improved after a third-round defeat of Denis Kudla. "He's an incredible champion", Stan Wawrinka said. This, though, was their first meeting since the 2016 US Open final, won by Wawrinka.

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