It was the toughest day of the year for World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. In the final of the Western and Southern today the Serb suffered his second defeat of the season when he retired with a right shoulder injury after going down to Andy Murray 64 30.
Djokovic said after the long season he’s had and after winning Montreal and reaching the final today, that his shoulder and body were exhuasted.
“The major issue was shoulder,” Djokovic told the press. “Generally I was quite exhausted playing many matches, but the exhaustion is not the reason. The reason is shoulder pain. I just could not serve. I served an average 90 miles per hour the first serve, and I could not play forehands. You know, I could have maybe played another couple of games, but what for? I cannot beat a player like Murray today with one stroke.”
Djokovic retired just as the skies opened up rain fell, but said that had he waited for the rain delay it wouldn’t have made any difference.
He added that the shoulder had been “increasing” in pain for 10 days, and he couldn’t get an MRI done because of his playing schedule.
“It’s kind of expected,” he said. “I’ve played so many matches this year. I’ve been winning a lot and reaching the final stages of each event that I’ve participated on.
“But as I said, you know, I am confident that I can recover and be ready for US Open.”
Novak did take over a month off after his Wimbledon title, but after 10 days tennis his body began to fight back.
Djokovic, who drops to 57-2 on the season and 33-1 on hardcourts, will be seeded No. 1 for the first time ever at a Grand Slam when the US Open begins next Monday. Djokovic as he has in Cincinnati has finished runner-up twice in New York. The US Open draw will be released on Thursday.
Serbia suffered a second loss on the day when Maria Sharapova outlasted Jelena Jankovic 46 76(3) 63 in the women’s Cincinnati final.
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