Novak Djokovic vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga match is already slated in the nearing US Open 2016 quarterfinals on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Serbian succeeded against number 84 seed Kyle Edmund within four rounds, although the 21-year-old African-born British opponent gave successive kamikaze attacks.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic outclassed the number 84 seed Edmund in the third round of the competition with 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 within four rounds, though he gave stronger attacks to the Serbian champion.
Yet, his strong forehand and backhand attacks weren’t enough to dispatch the world number one-ranked Serbian as Djokovic didn’t show any signs of vulnerability during the game. Despite the aggressive responses of the defending champion, Djokovic called his medical team for an aid for his troubled right elbow.
After a quick 10-minute massage from his physiotherapist, Djokovic went back on the court possessing an aura of invincibility again. He told BBC that the successive withdrawals of his two opponents, Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely and Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, helped with nursing his injuries.
Nevertheless, claims on Djokovic’s injury left a huge question mark for many of his fans. However, The Guardian noted that the number one seed Serbian kept on denying the rumors of his continuous agony of his right elbow since the first round of the tournament.
Although everyone noticed that Djokovic is calling his physiotherapist during his match, he noted that everything’s fine and good.
“It’s good to play an entire match. I’m feeling very good, to be honest. I really wanted to start the match well, because I didn’t have much time on the court overall before the fourth round [against Kyle Edmund],” Djokovic said.
Furthermore, analysts explained that given the current state of the Serbian champion, a fit and in good condition number 11 seed French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has seen to have more advantage. Hence, many assumed he could successfully dispatch Djokovic after his third attempt.
The same source noted that Tsonga has already made impressive records in the earlier events wherein he defeated the number one seed Djokovic in two sets of Rogers Cup in Canada in 2014 and Australian Open 2010 quarterfinals.
Will Tsonga succeed against Djokovic in the US Open 2016 quarterfinals? Or will the Serbian champion successfully defend his title this year?
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