- Tennis 365
- September 2, 2019
Novak Djokovic is OUT of the US Open after injury forced his retirement against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.
The world number one and defending champion appeared to suffer a shoulder injury earlier in the tournament, and has remained suspiciously tight-lipped about it throughout.
And he never looked comfortable against Wawrinka, who was a serious step-up in class from the Serb’s previous opposition.
Wawrinka won the first two sets, even coming back from 0-3 down in the second, and Djokovic opted to retire after serving a double-fault to be broken in the third.
The Swiss star, who won the US Open in 2016, will now face Daniil Medvedev in the last eight after he beat German qualifier Dominik Koepfer 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
Feel better and see you next year, champ…
– US Open Tennis (@usopen)September 2, 2019
“It’s never the way you want to finish a match,” Wawrinka, who was leading 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 when Djokovic offered the handshake, said in an on-court interview .
“I feel sorry for Novak. He is a good friend and a great champion. ”
It’s the first time that Djokovic has lost before the semi-final stage of the US Open since 2006, when he was just 19.