Tennis News: Novak Djokovic struggles, fights on like a true champion despite the injuries

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Tennis News: Novak Djokovic struggles, fights on like a true champion despite the injuries

World no. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic is not only considered among the greatest players of all time, but he’s also known among his peers as one of the fittest. But that notion has turned around at least for the time being, even after his first win at the US Open on Monday.

Novak Djokovic gets a lot of help from his powerful serve, which gives him free points and helps entangle him out of trouble. But his wrist injury gave him limited opportunities, making him work harder than usual, stuck at around 100 mph.

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His struggles were apparent even after winning against Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, who was supposedly no threat whatsoever being ranked 246 places below him. The final scores were 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. He’s been troubled with his injured wrist, which caused him his defeat early in the first round during the Rio 2016 Olympics against Juan Martin Del Potro, and forced him to give up on his chances at the Cincinnati Masters.

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Yet what gave the most scare in the match was his right arm, and he struggled badly in the second round against a player whom no one considered had a chance of beating him.

Commenting on having called for treatments during the match to his right arm and elbow on a number of occasions Novak Djokovic said they were mere preventions.

“It’s getting better and better each day. I’m glad that I’m experiencing that. So hopefully, as the tournament progresses, I’ll reach my peak. I take it day by day. I’m pleased that as the match progressed I was feeling better and better.” Djokovic said, as reported by the Evening Standard.

Will Andy Murray be able to catch up with his number one spot eventually? Andy Murray has been playing passionately lately after his win at the Wimbledon and the Olympics.

Apart from being plagued by injuries, Djokovic has reportedly been distracted with private matters, according to a report by Reuters.

He will be facing a much tougher challenge on the next round against Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic whom he lost to months ago in Monte Carlo.

Will he be able to overcome his injuries and shrug off his ring rust? Meanwhile, Andy Murray faces Lukas Roso, who’s also from the Czech Republic.

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