NEW YORK (AP) – Novak Djokovic's left shoulder ached, his chances faded in the fourth round against Stan Wawrinka and, soon, the defending US Open and No. 1 seed champion was out of the tournament, leaving
Djokovic shaken head as he approaches the referee's chair to say that he is withdrawing from the match because of that shoulder while falling behind 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 and completely inscribed on Sunday
"The pain has been constant for weeks "said Djokovic.
Perhaps confused by the sudden turn of events and possibly disappointed by the shortness of the show they should watch for their expensive tickets, some spectators shouted as Djokovic left the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium to head for the dressing room , and your two bags of equipment over the other arm.
"I'm sorry for the crowd. They obviously came to see the full match, but they just didn't have to," Djokovic told his press conference. "I mean, many people didn't know what was going on, so you can't blame them."
The 32-year-old Serb explained that he "took different things to kill the pain instantly; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. "
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Djokovic has won 36 of his last 37 Grand Slam matches and four of the last five in the last five games of the Grand Slam and four of the last five the most dominant stretches the sport has seen, pushing his Slam trophy to 16, moving within four of Roger Federer's 20 records and within two of Rafael Nadal's 18. Roger. But at the same time it's a long way for me. I hope I can play for many more years. I'm planning. I mean, I don't see edge around everyone, "said Djokovic, who was 11-0 so far in the fourth round of Flushing Meadows." Now it's about keeping my body and mind in shape and trying to peak in these kinds of events that are big and the most significant in our sport. "
When it was all over, Vavrinka hugged Djokovic.
" It's never the way you want to finish the match, "said Vavrinka No. 23, who will stand up against No. 5 Daniel Medvedev in the quarterfinals. "I'm sorry for Novak."
Djokovic entered the night with a 19-5 edge of head against Wawrinka during their careers. However, this was their first meeting since the Wavrinka US Open 2016 final.
According to ATP, this is the 13th retirement in the middle of Djokovic's career, his sixth Grand Slam event.
This result rejects the much-discussed possibility of a semifinal in New York between Djokovic and Federer, which would be a rematch of their historic Wimbledon final in July. Djokovic won this one in an unprecedented fifth set in nearly five hours.
The winner of Vavrinka against Medvedev will face the winner of Federer against Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals.
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He won his next game on Friday, looking good and declaring his shoulder much improved, though he refused to reveal any details of the injury or what type of treatment he received.
While Djokovic is right, he uses his left hand for the ball he throws and
His bid for a fourth US Open championship suddenly went down on Sunday at the conclusion of what constituted a ruthless and ineffective effort for him .
Against Wawrinka, a three-time major champion himself, Djokovic has never had the usual vertex of his strikes or the reach of his great service returns. He was in all kinds of shots, accumulating 30 unexpected errors and only 12 winners in the first two sets.
"I could certainly see a little (signs) that he was in trouble," Vavrinka said.
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Djokovic managed to lead 3-0 and 4-1 in the second set, but that was almost all he had in it. He soon tried to take short runs to avoid long points, and nothing worked.
When this set is over, Djokovic has a massage trainer, but shortly after, his title defense is over.
"You just know when you know, I guess," Djokovic said, "when you feel you can't hit a shot anymore.