First level defending champion Novak Djokovic fought shoulder pain to reach the third round of the US Open on Wednesday, while Roger Federer shook another slow start to advance.
Djokovic then faces Serbian compatriot number 27, Dusan Lajovic or American Denis Kudla, but the injury casts serious doubts on his attempt to be the first repeated winner of the US Open. UU. Since Federer won between 2004 and 2008.
Djokovic, winner of four of the last five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a pain in his left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over the Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero, number 56 of the ranking. .
“It was definitely affecting my service and vice versa,” Djokovic said of his shoulder injury. “I was definitely tested.”
“This is something I have been carrying for quite some time,” Djokovic said. “It was not easy to play with the pain, but you have to expect to have some opportunities and some lucky shots.”
“I did not expect to hit 15 to 20 unforced errors, which is basically the whole set, just donated … I clearly have to play better from the beginning.”
“It is not the first time I face this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I am grateful to be on the court.”
Djokovic won’t play again until Friday and until then, “I’ll probably freeze my arm for 48 hours, I won’t do anything with it and see what happens.”
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner looking for his first crown at the US Open since 2008, joined to beat the 99th Bosnian Damn Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
The third 38-year-old Swiss seed, who also lost the first set against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his first game, responded to the wake-up call after conceding the first set with 17 unforced errors.
“When that happens, consecutive games, it’s a bit more frustrating than anything, especially when the level is so low and there are so many mistakes and the energy is not there,” Federer said. “But you can only do better, which is a great thing to keep going.
The eighth American series head, Serena Williams, who is looking for her 24th Grand Slam title in her career to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, faces 17-year-old American joker Caty McNally in a later game under the ceiling in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Only 10 of 32 individual matches were played, as the rain eliminated the game, except in closed stadiums, with the fifth Russian seeded Daniil Medvedev and the three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka among those postponed until Thursday.
“I definitely take advantage of everything I did in the game and my qualification to be on the central court on a day like this,” Federer said.
Serbian star Djokovic broke with a wandering Londero right-footed shot to close the first set, then broke twice by falling behind 3-0 in the second set just to win the next five games.
The five-time US Open winner, Federer, who lost to Djokovic in Wimbledon’s epic final last month, started badly, but broke early in each of the last three sets and maintained service until the end.
“I somehow managed to find my way back,” Djokovic said.
Londero broke it, stayed in love and forced a tiebreaker, but Djokovic won five of the last six points thanks to Londero’s mistakes and then dominated the final set.
“I want to congratulate Londero for showing a fighting spirit,” Djokovic said. “It was a real fight.”
“I fastened my belt and told myself I was going to hold on and not break, and that made a big difference,” Federer said.
Next on Federer’s path is Lucas Pouille, the 25th French seed, or Dan Evans, the 58th ranked in Britain.