NEW YORK – Reigning champion Novak Djokovic battled a shoulder problem that hampered his serve and backhand as he secured a 6-4 7-6 (3) 6-1 win over Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero and reached the third round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
Djokovic, who had work done on his left shoulder during his pre-match warm-up inside Arthur Ashe Stadium earlier in the day, was in clear distress when he took a medical timeout while leading 4-3 in the first set.
“I was definitely tested and this is something I have been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said when asked about the injury.
“It wasn't easy, obviously, playing with the pain but you have to find a way to fight and hope you get some lucky shots.”
Djokovic returned returned to court to close out the first set and then had more treatment before Londero, playing in only his second main draw match at Flushing Meadows, broke him twice for a 3-0 lead in the second.