World number one player Novak Djokovic had to call for medical care, in the midst of winning Ricardas Berankis 7-6, 6-4 in the second round of Western & Southern Open on the evening of August 24.
The pain in Djokovic’s neck had to retreat in the double match. In the singles match at the latest of the day, he had to play in a bad condition. After the first set, Djokovic needed the medical attention of ATP therapist Clay Sniteman.
“Things are getting better,” Djokovic told ATP after his neck injury. “I have been in pain for four days now, but I am slowly recovering. Hope I don’t get inflammation after this game. We will monitor the situation in the coming days.”
The injury affects Djokovic’s performance. In both sets, he was led by Berankis. Djokovic struggled to win his eighth game of blocking to pull his tie-break first set – where he won 7-2. In the following set, the Serbian player lost two delivery games, was led 2-4 but won the last four games to determine the score 7-6, 6-4. During the game, Djokovic made seven double mistakes.
“Injury caused a lot of problems for me,” said Djokovic. “I make a lot of double mistakes, and the opponent also knows exactly where I’m going to serve. I don’t have a lot of options in this kind of condition. Berankis played very well, hit the ball at high speed and I did. Try to win every game “.
Djokovic remains unbeaten in 2020 with 19 wins. He also won 18 of the last 19 tie-break series. The match in New York on the evening of August 24 was the first time he played at ATP in half a year. In the third round, Djokovic will meet Tennys Sandgren.