Novak Djokovic revealed he did not know if he would be able to finish his second-round match against Juan Ignacio Londero as the defending champion overcame a shoulder injury to advance at the US Open.

World number one Djokovic pushed past the pain to outlast Londero 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday.

Djokovic survived a huge test against Londero, while the 16-time grand slam champion required treatment on his left shoulder during the clash on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 32-year-old needed work on his shoulder in the first set, with the issue clearly bothering the Serbian star in New York, where countryman Dusan Lajovic or Denis Kudla await in the next round.

Djokovic was late to his post-match news conference and he told reporters: "I had to take time to address the injury that I have. It has caused hindrance to my game for sure tonight, especially with the serve and backhand. It was not easy to play with this kind of sensation, to be honest. I did not experience that too many times in my career.

"I was also lucky to find my way back in the second set and to win in the straight sets. I had obviously, you saw, a medical timeout. At changeovers, I tried to use within the rules as much as I can physiotherapy and medical help. That has definitely helped me stay in the match.

"The way it has started for me, especially midway through the first set, I didn't know if I would be able to finish the match. I'm really glad I have.

"I'm going to assess this injury tomorrow [Thursday] even more with further consultations with experts in sports medicine. I'm hoping that in two days' time I will be able to play pain-free, if that is possible."

Djokovic added: "It is new in a sense that I've never had that particular issue in my career. It's not new in a sense that it has bothered me now for almost a couple of weeks. It has been there. I've been experiencing some days of higher intensity of pain, some days less. It has been really fluctuating a lot, going up and down.

"What happened today on the court, actually how I felt, was quite rough and unpredictable. But, as I said on the court, you have to deal with this particular situation the way it is.

"I did have not too many times in my career, but I did have certain situations where I had to, as probably anybody else in professional tennis, go through pain and just figure out the way I can finish the match and hopefully win. I got myself that win.=

"Good thing about grand slams is you have a day off in between the matches. As I said, I'm hoping that with a proper medical help and treatments, I'll be able to get myself in a better state than I was today in a few days."

Novak Djokovic shrugged off a shoulder injury to beat Juan Ignacio Londero in the US Open second round on Wednesday.

The world number one and defending champion needed treatment on his left shoulder during a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic fell behind in the opening two sets before proving too good for Londero, maintaining his record of having never been eliminated before the third round at Flushing Meadows.

The 16-time grand slam champion will face either Dusan Lajovic or Denis Kudla in the third round.

Londero matched it with Djokovic from the baseline early and grabbed a surprise break in the fifth game when the Serbian challenged incorrectly mid-point.

However, he failed to consolidate, Djokovic – bothered by a left shoulder injury – needing six break points to get back on level terms.

Djokovic required treatment on his shoulder at 4-3 before taking the opening set, playing characteristically brilliant defence as Londero netted a forehand in the 10th game.

A double fault gifted Londero a break to begin the second set as he took a 3-0 lead on the back of winning 12 of the first 15 points.

However, Djokovic responded again, winning five consecutive games before needing a tie-break to claim the second set.

The pair traded breaks to begin the third before Djokovic powered away to win in two hours, 15 minutes.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic – 35/35
Londero – 24/43

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic – 7/8
Londero – 6/5

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic – 8/17
Londero – 5/8

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic – 51
Londero – 62

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic – 71/48
Londero – 49/46

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic – 102
Londero – 82

Nicolas Jarry followed in the footsteps of his grandfather by claiming his maiden ATP Tour title with a straight-sets victory over Juan Ignacio Londero at the Swedish Open.

Jarry is the grandson of Jaime Fillol Sr, a winner of six tour titles who was ranked as high as 14th in the world in 1974.

In Bastad on Sunday, Jarry, who had been beaten in his two previous ATP finals, made a breakthrough courtesy of a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 triumph.

Londero had two set points in the tie-breaker that decided the opener, but those chances went begging and Jarry took his second opportunity to forge ahead.

A break of serve in the seventh game of the second set then proved crucial as the Chilean moved to the brink of victory.

Jarry, who was the fifth seed in Bastad, ends the week having not dropped a set.

 

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