Novak Djokovic Says He Feels Better Physically Now Than He Did At The Start Of The US Open
by Tom Gainey | September 3rd, 2016, 11:15 am

Thanks to days and days off, Novak Djokovic said many of the injuries he’s been carrying – right arm and left wrist – are getting better. The Serb has enjoyed addition time to rest after Jiri Vesely withdrew Wednesday and yesterday Mikhail Youzhny retired after just six games.

“The arm is doing very well,” Djokovic said. “Everything is going in the right direction. I feel significantly better now than I have just at the beginning of the tournament. I’m looking forward to compete.”

The question is, will Djokovic’s lack of match play hurt him down the road? Not even Djokovic really knows.

“The Grand Slam career this never happened,” he said of his light week one schedule. “I had very few. I remember one walkover that I had. It was quarters in French Open, Fognini. But I haven’t had this particular circumstance where I have walkover and then I spend six games on the court next match.

“But it is what it is. I’ll take it. I’m moving on and focusing on the next one.”

Djokovic will be on court tomorrow against Brit Kyle Edmund. He beat Edmund handily at Miami earlier this year.

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8 Comments for Novak Djokovic Says He Feels Better Physically Now Than He Did At The Start Of The US Open

Ronn Says:

Although he played only 7 games, he looked really sharp out there. His serves were strong, his backhand looked crisp and clean, and he was returning deep to the baseline. Vintage Nole. I’m really feeling better now after what I saw from him today. Go Djoko!

emilia Says:

Yes, Nole you can. But stop being a vegan – take a good beafsteak or so.

Giles Says:

And please don’t forget to have a big fat burger bun with your beefsteak! ‘Tis good for you. Lol

chrisford1 Says:

I’ve always believed that vegetarian diets are one reason why India is almost a non factor each and every Olympics given their population size.

J-Kath Says:

Van Persie

Many thanks.

1. Nole pretty reasonable. As he points out the current schedule needs re-vamped as it can affect pre GS performance and players can be totally bushed afterwards. Agree.

2. He suggests an overall 2 weeks tournament every one or two years – similar frame as World Cup or European Contest. Not sure here simply because the I’m not fully aware of these formats.

3. Glad he didn’t want to reduce the matches to 3 sets …which will ensure ticket buyers will still want to go.

SO: The big boys whose presence is important need to dig their heels in, me thinks.

Taa again VP.

J-Kath Says:


Andy struggling against….??? Never heard of him before. Ah well Andy, you pick yourself up or you don’t.

Wog Boy Says:

Don’t worry JK, Andy did his usual walkabout in the second set, but he is cruising now, another Brit is doing well though, won first set against Stan.

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