After Djokovic received a walkover against his second round opponent Vesely, Youzhny pulled out against him today with a leg injury when trailing 2-4* in the opening set and in the process gave Djokovic his 225th slam victory.
This means he moves into the third spot past Agassi and behind Federer and Connors. For the six games that they were on the court, Djokovic looked pretty sharp as he got the early break. After the first round, there were some doubts because at times Djokovic’s body language seemed strange but he looks settled now.
Six games is not a lot of court time but Djokovic will take positives from what happened in those six games and since he came into the tournament with a wrist problem this surely can’t be viewed as a bad thing.
Fans tend to overreact and see things negatively because they can afford it. But you can be sure Djokovic views the situation as positive. There is no reason not to. Djokovic even stayed on Ashe after the match and started practicing.
It’s a disappointment for the fans who had tickets especially and for as well who was expecting a good match that was played at a viewable time but it is what it is and you just have to accept it.
Novak Djokovic passes Andre Agassi for 3rd-most Grand Slam match wins (225), advancing to Round of 16. pic.twitter.com/Pbdaizs3wX
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 2, 2016
It could have been worse. Djokovic could have pulled out himself or lost the match, although the latter seemed unlikely judging from the first six games. Djokovic looked like his old self and things could have gotten ugly for Youzhny.
Youzhny actually pulled out after he held serve which seemed a little strange but these guys know they have no chance if they can’t move properly. They basically have no chance if 100% fit so maybe he just didn’t feel like it was worth trying.
I think Djokovic wouldn’t have minded some match time but he came into the tournament saying that the timing is not ideal with his wrist injury so I can’t see this being a bad thing for him. He will also be fresher than the rest of the field.
Djokovic plays the winner of Isner and Edmund next who is currently playing and Edmund just won the first set 6-4. Isner’s form has been poor of late while Edmund has had a good run in New York and he may pull off the upset here.
That would be ideal for Djokovic as Edmund is less experienced than Isner and is currently on his best run in a slam. Either way, I don’t think it matters much as Djokovic has an 8-2 record over Isner and neutralizes Isner’s strength to a great extent with his returns.
- Elsewhere in the Draw
Cilic lost in straight sets to Sock today which makes things even easier for Djokovic. He has a 14-0 record over Cilic but there is always a first time if Cilic found his 2014 US Open form. Tsonga also won today which means he now plays Sock for a place in the quarterfinals against the winner of Djokovic and Edmund/Isner.
Nadal will soon go on against Kuznetsov where you expect him to win given his form so far. As things stand now it looks like it could be a Djokovic vs Nadal semi-final in the top half but both still have potentially tricky opponents ahead.
If they make quarterfinals they could face Tsonga and Monfils respectively who are both dangerous. Monfils have been in good form of late and if Nadal has an off day Monfils might get the job done.
— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) September 2, 2016
Then in the bottom half, Del Potro defeated Johnson 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-2 since I made my last post. I could only watch the first set but Del Potro looked impressive. The 19th seed Johson was playing well but this Del Potro looks very dangerous.
He now plays Ferrer who defeated Fognini in five sets. Ferrer is always a tough nut to crack but Del Potro has the heavy artillery to do so. If he wins he could likely face Thiem which would be a blockbuster fourth round.
Another seed who lost was Zverev who lost against Evans. I played against Evans in a Future once so it is nice to see him do well. I like his game too. He now plays Wawrinka which will be a contest of two attractive one-handed backhands.