Djokovic To Face Popyrin Tuesday In Tokyo, Says Shoulder Is “Fine”

by Staff | September 30th, 2019, 6:24 pm

After a loss in the doubles, Novak Djokovic makes his return to singles play Tuesday in Tokyo in a test with the big youngster from Australia, Alexei Popyrin.

When we last saw Djokovic on a singles court, he had to retire due to his shoulder at the US Open against Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic says the shoulder in now fine.

“I wanted to see how [my shoulder] feels during the matchplay. Obviously doubles is quite different from singles. But you’re still playing an official match, so you still feel the nerves and you battle on the court,” Djokovic said of playing doubles. “It’s quite different from playing a practice set or anything in practice, really.

“It seems like my shoulder is fine,” said Djokovic. “I’m hoping that that’s going to be the case this week as well for singles.”

The 20-year-old Popyrin will seek his first career Top 5 victory.

Also on Tuesday, Denis Shapovalov and Borna Coric are in action.

Earlier today, Lucas Pouille, Hyeon Chung and Marin Cilic were winners.

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12 Comments for Djokovic To Face Popyrin Tuesday In Tokyo, Says Shoulder Is “Fine”

Daniel Says:

Djoko and Murray starting with victories this week.

If Djoko went on to win this title, as he should, his greatest threats are Cilic and Goffin (both with awful records against him). He can spice the #1 race in Shangai. An early loss there by Nadal, who might be thinking ahead of weeding, and it preety much will go down to London.

Djoko needs at least one of the next 2 Masters (either Shangai or Paris) and this Tokyo title to be in real contention. He is almost 2.000 pts behind Nadal right now, but with 4.500 pontential points for him to make, if he plays another ATP 500 prior Paris:
– Tokyo / Shangai / Basel or Viena / Paris and ATP Finals.

Nadal is only schedule for Shangai and Finals (he may add Paris, depending on how Djoko’s perform and his own Shangai result), but 3 tournaments he have never won before, with just 1 final in each. A R16 or QF loss in Shangai, who can happen depending on who he draws, opens the door for Djoko to narrow the gap. With Djoko’s history in last 3 main tournaments: Shangai / Paris and Finals, where he will be heading a tying 6 title with Federer, #1 race is not lost. He can still be Year End #1.

And if he keeps the #1 ranking at the end of this year he is assure to suprass Sampras before AO next year. With only Federer ahead of him, which he can pass dduring Wimbledon 2020.

j-kath Says:

Keep it up Andy…Berretin has beat Monfils & Gasquet and is ATP No. 13 – so not bad for the return of a “medical hopeful” to win against him. Hopefully say this with my fingers crossed for next match!

Django Says:

I am worried that Novak is playing and not fully healed. We have to wait and see.

Daniel Says:

Indeed, if he goes deep in Tokyo and Shangai (potentially 9-10 matches in 13 days) it will be the real test for his shoulder, if fully recovered.
Than 1 week break and another 2 consecutive weeks Basel / Viena and Paris; 1 week rest and ATF Finals. Loaded schedule with 5 weeks play out of 7.
But if he has any hopes of sustaining #1 he needs to be healthy, avoid long matches and hope Nadal also falter along the way.

Andy Mira Says:

It might be late..but YAAAYYYY Andy win!!…Whooo!impressive win!….Berretini is hot atm & Andy tamed him???Yeaahhhhh!!

C’mon Andy!…Win some more!

j-kath Says:

Andy Mira: Almost 8.00am here – woke up to find Andy deep in his match – he won set 1 but, but who will win set 2???????????

j-kath Says:

Well now Andy, you did it – 2 matches in succession – can you make it no. 3?

Andy Mira Says:

Yesss!!….He won JK!…I only follow him on livescores since my tv only will make a LIVE telecast on friday..but after i watched him bagged 1st set..i did my chores & only now know that he won…

Also reading an article now about how Andy said he felt nervous in the 2nd sets coz Cameron got the better of him in their practices…and thankfully he will have a day off tomorrow…but friday it will be a tricky match possibly against Thiem…oh boy!

C’mon Andy!

j-kath Says:

Right Andy Mira – I also only followed him on livescores – if I sign up for a live telecast I’d be jinxing him!!!
Let’s hope Thiem ain’t so comfortable on hard court vs. clay!

Andy Mira Says:

JK….About Thiem…well…not mean to jinx andy or something…but…Thiem’s current form dip considerably compared when he was in his element on clay months ago…

Like he showed us at LC few weeks ago,Thiem is not clutchy enuff nowadays…so if Andy not too tired or nervous,…maybe the experience of Andy will separate them both that day…insyaallah!

C’mon Andy!

Alison Hodge Says:

Well done Andy Murray ….

Daniel Says:

Indeed, Thiem is a winable match for Murray on HC. But if he is in IW level (which he seems not to be), than watch out. Murray needs it more than him right now.

Djoko also won confortably. Next Pouille QF, than most likely Goffin / Cilic semis and a virtually bye to title. Can not see him losing in finals to anyone left in that section.

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