Novak Djokovic is not in a great moment right now. The Serbian sensation managed to win a memorable Wimbledon final against Roger Federer to cement his world no.1 status. However, Novak had to deal with a rather disappointing American Summer as he collected just 540 points after he lost in the semifinal in Cincinnati and the 4th round at the US Open after withdrawing when facing Stan Wawrinka.
Djokovic withdrawing from the US Open
The Serbian legend have been struggling “for weeks” with his left shoulder, and he looked rather nervous in the past few days. Novak had to face Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16, and that wasn’t easy for him also because the Swiss loves playing on big stages against top players. Nole was clearly hampered in his strokes against Stan. He decided to withdraw from the match when he was 6-4 7-5 2-1 and a break down as the pain was unbearable and it seemed as he had no chances to get back.
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During the press conference following his match against Wawrinka, Novak elaborated about his plans to comment:
“I did a lot of different treatments and diagnostics and everything in the last couple of weeks. But obviously I am going to have to do it again and see how the body the shoulder reacts. Not playing is going to help to speed up the recovery. I’m planning to play Tokyo and hopefully, I’ll be able.”
When Djokovic is expected to play next
The ATP500 in Tokyo will take place from the 30th of September until the 6th of October. Then Novak is scheduled to play in Shanghai (6th of October) and in Bercy (28th of October) before competing in the ATP Finals (10th of November). Novak has also expressed his desire to play the new Davis Cup (18th of November). However, everything will depend on Novak’s recovery.
If the injury is not a light one, it could make sense for the world no.1 to skip entirely the Asian Swing to get back in Bercy. That would give time for him to recover.