US Open 2019: Djokovic retires from Wawrinka clash, Federer fabulous

US Open 2019: Djokovic retires from Wawrinka clash, Federer fabulous

Wawrinka produced a superb performance at Arthur Ashe Stadium, taking the first two sets 6-4, 7-5 and leading 2-1 in the third before Djokovic succumbed to his shoulder problem on Sunday.

Djokovic refused to expand on the nature of his injury, which had caused him considerable pain during a second-round win over Juan Ignacio Londero.

Djokovic called time on his tournament early in the third set after losing the opening two 6-4, 7-5.

When the crowd saw Novak Djokovic retire from his match against Wawrinka in the fourth round, it led to a majority of them booing the No. 1 player.

Following the victory, the 34-year-old Wawrinka signed a fan's head.

Barring a breakthrough for Daniil Medvedev or perhaps a continuation of the Wawrinka resurgence in NY this week, Djokovic's task of claiming the slam record will be a more hard one going into the 2020 season. For his part, Federer has to win his quarterfinal match against Grigor Dimitrov.

The frustrations from the crowd no doubt came because they wanted to see the match play out, but the broadcasters noted that Djokovic is historically one of the ultimate competitors in the game and would have continued if he was able to.

But Djokovic, victor of four of the past five Slam events and 16 overall, remained bullish about his chances of eventually catching and surpassing long-time rival Roger Federer, who holds the men's record of 20 major titles.

Annabel Croft thinks it is "unbelievable" that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have never clashed at the US Open. The crowd, enthusiastically pulling for Wawrinka, clearly wasn't going to inspire him to transcend his pain and anxiety. "It's still a very long way ahead of me", he said. I mean, a lot of people didn't know what's happening, so you can not blame them.

It's the same level Wawrinka showed in beating Djokovic in the 2016 US Open final and 2015 French Open final.

Sunday marked the 13th mid-match retirement of Djokovic's career, according to ATP. I understand the enjoyment of that, not only in positive but also in negative.

"Obviously I'm in the midst of unfortunate situation, and I have to, you know, suffer the consequences of that". Dominic Thiem surprised him on a raw, windy day in the Paris semifinals, but then Djokovic played a match for the ages, rebounding from down two match points to overcome Federer in the first Wimbledon final decided by a fifth-set tiebreaker. I'm planning to. I don't see an end behind the corner at all. "It is what it is".

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