Barring a breakthrough for Daniil Medvedev or perhaps a continuation of the Wawrinka resurgence in NY this week, Djokovic's task of claiming the slam record will be a more hard one going into the 2020 season. The No. 8-seeded Williams blasted 38 winners and won almost 80 percent of her first-serve points in a match that lasted a little more than an hour and a half.
Wawrinka led, 6-4, 7-5, 2-1, in a match in which Djokovic looked less than optimal physically while Wawrinka looked like the destroyer who won three Grand Slam tournaments from 2014 to 2016 before undergoing knee surgery in 2017 and dipping as low as 263rd in 2018.
Reportedly, Djokovic was dealing with some intense left shoulder pain.
"The pain was constant for weeks now", Djokovic said.
Novak Djokovic could not finish his US Open match against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday, and after being forced to retire from the competition due to a left shoulder injury, he was met with boos from the fans. His decision to bow out allowed Stan Wawrinka to advance to the quarterfinals. In addition, he uses it for two-fisted backhand shots.
Having seen the career of Andy Murray - who is just seven days younger than Djokovic - completely derailed by injury, the Serbian should have an understanding that his time as one of the best in the world can be brought to an end at any moment. A double fault after just 10 minutes of the start of the set saw Djokovic shake his head and walk up to the net.
The 38-year-old Federer is trying to become the oldest male Grand Slam semifinalist since Jimmy Connors was 39 during his 1991 run at the U.S. Open. I don't really pay too much attention on that.
"I'm sorry for the crowd". Obviously they came to see a full match. "I was quite confident with the level I had but you never know when you are playing the number one player in the world".
With Djokovic retiring, it means Stan Wawrinka moves on.
The fifth-seeded Russian came from a set down to knock off German qualifier Dominik Koepfer 3-6 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-2) and reach his maiden grand slam quarter-final.
Third seed Federer will be the favourite when he takes on Grigor Dimitrov under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Wawrinka, as was the case in the French Open, has overperformed hugely on break points (13.1% overperformance here, based on service and return points won expectations) and that's a major part of why he's got to this stage.
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