Novak Djokovic Was on Cusp of Withdrawing From US Open 2016, Reveals Coach

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 | 0

Novak Djokovic’s wrist issues were on the cusp of compelling his withdrawal from the ongoing US Open 2016, revealed his coach Marian Vajda.

The top-ranked Djokovic had been plagued by an injury to his left wrist that forced him to miss the Cincinnati Masters. He, then, returned at the Rio Olympic Games, only to suffer a straight-set defeat to eventual finalist Juan Martin del Potro.

Concerns grew over his form and injury issues just days ahead of the season-ending Grand Slam as all the tests revealed that Djokovic needed more time to get back in shape.

But, the 29-year-old decided to defend his title, and has already made it to the semi-finals here. And, Vajda couldn’t be more surprised.

“We were very worried about Novak because all the tests said [that] he had to rest longer and he would have to miss the US Open,” he said (via “We did not expect him to come very least he got to the semi-finals so easily.”

Djokovic has dropped just one set throughout the tournament so far, and will look to continue his quest against Frenchman Gael Monfils, when the two meet in the last-four stage on Friday.



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