Novak Djokovic was involved in a confrontation with a fan at the US Open (Picture: Getty)

Novak Djokovic claims a confrontation with a fan ahead of his US Open win over Denis Kudla provided him with extra motivation.

The world No.1’s hopes of winning a fourth title at Flushing Meadows have been hampered by a niggling shoulder injury which forced him to arrive late for his pre-match practice session.

When he was finally able to begin his warm-up, the Serb became embroiled in a heated discussion with an onlooker and was heard saying ‘trust me, I’ll come find you,’ before being dragged away by coach Goran Ivanisevic.

Djokovic latterly showed no ill-effects of his shoulder injury and brushed aside Kulda in straight sets, winning 6-3 6-4 6-2 to set-up a last 16 meeting with Stan Wawrinka.

‘Just had a little chat,’ said a smiling Djokovic in his post match press conference when asked about the incident with the fan.

‘To have a drink,’ he added. ‘I liked the guy. I’m going to buy him a drink.

‘We’ll keep it between us. But he definitely helped me. He doesn’t even know, but he did help me.’

Pressed on what the fan said to him, Djokovic added: ‘Well, if you have the video, you’ll hear I guess.

‘As I said, I’m not going to talk about it. I think he did me a favor. Even maybe he didn’t want to do me a favor, he did me a favor, big favor.’





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