Novak Djokovic forced to quit at Cincinnati Open
Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked player, quit during the Cincinnati Open final Sunday against Andy Murray after nagging discomfort in his right shoulder.
Djokovic used a medical timeout after losing the first set to Murray, 6-4. After falling behind 3-0 in the second set, the 24-year-old had no choice but to retire from the match.
“The reason (I retired) is shoulder pain. I just could not serve. I served an average 90 miles per hour the first serve, and I could not play forehands,” Djokovic said. “I could have maybe played another couple of games, but what for? I cannot beat a player like Murray today with one stroke.”
Although the injury cut Djokovic’s day short, the tennis star is adamant he will be ready to take his 57-2 season record to the U.S. Open, which starts August 29.
“There is no good loss, that’s for sure,” he said. “The good thing is there’s a week, eight days to the start of the Open. I’m confident I can recover and be ready for the U.S. Open.”