NEW YORK: The top-ranked defending champion, Novak Djokovic, retired with a shoulder injury after losing the first two sets of the US Open last Sunday’s 16 game against Stan Wawrinka.
“It’s never the way you want to end a game. I’m sorry for Novak. He’s an amazing champion,” said Wawrinka.
Djokovic, who won four of the last five Grand Slam events and 16 overall, had problems with a painful left shoulder during his second round victory over Juan Ignacio Londero.
He said he felt “almost painless” after a two-set defeat by Denis Kudla in the third round, but the problem resurfaced against Wawrinka in the first match between the couple since the final here three years ago.
“I want to keep my level tonight. I think I was playing very good tennis.
“It helped me a lot to know that I have the game to beat him on that court.”
“I felt great. When I came to practice here, I moved well, played well. I was very confident in the level I had, but you never know when you’re playing the number one player in the world.”