Novak Djokovic targets recovery for US Open
Novak Djokovic has promised that he will be fully recovered for the upcoming US Open, after picking up a shoulder injury which forced him into an early retirement over the weekend.
The newly crowned world number one had to pull out of his match against Andy Murray during the final of the Cincinnati Masters competition. Djokovic was 6-4 3-0 down when he took the decision to end the match prematurely, giving Murray the win.
The Serbian champion maintains that he is not worried about his prospects ahead of the impending US Open. He believes that he has adequate time to prepare himself for the tournament at Flushing Meadows, which is due to begin on the 29th of August.
"The good thing is that there is a week, eight days to the start of the US Open," he said. "So I think that's enough time for me to get ready."
Djokovic admitted that he was disappointed with his loss to the British number one, however he believes that continuing with the match would not have been a wise decision.
“I really tried," said the world number one. "It didn't make sense for me to continue."
“I was generally exhausted playing many matches, but the exhaustion is not the reason. The reason is shoulder pain. I just could not serve.
"I've played so many matches this year," he said. "I've been winning a lot and reaching the final stages of each event that I've participated in.
Meanwhile, Murray has said that he is pleased with his victory over the Serb, but would prefer to beat him at the competition at Flushing Meadows. The British number one has also said that he aims to improve his game before that time arrives.
Sky Bet and UnitBet, offer 11/2 odds that Andy Murray will go on to win the US Open, while Totesport set their odds at 9/2.