Novak Djokovic through despite injury and US Open fan row

Novak Djokovic came through (Picture: Icon Sportswire via Getty)

Novak Djokovic sailed into the fourth round of the US Open despite rumours he would pull out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury, but his fine night’s work was overshadowed by a row with a supporter in practice.

The world No. 1 set up a last-16 meeting with Stan Wawrinka with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Denis Kudla – who was denied a hat-trick of Serbs having taken out Janko Tipsarevic and Dusan Lajovic in the first two rounds – but there were question marks over whether he’d make it at all.

Having undergone treatment during his second-round tie with Juan Ignacio Londero, Djokovic faced a race against time to make it to the start line and his hopes of defending the title looks slim when he hadn’t turned up for his pre-match practice some two-and-a-half hours after it was due to start.

When he did arrive, Djokovic wasn’t exactly a happy camper and locked horns with a fan, saying: ‘Trust me, I’ll come find you,’ before being dragged away by coach Goran Ivanisevic.

Nick Kyrgios didn’t miss the opportunity to chime in on social media, commenting below the video of the incident: ‘I’m scared ?’

The match itself was solid from the 32-year-old still levels above his opponent despite his physical concerns, and he didn’t require treatment mid-contest.

Wawrinka – who defeated Djokovic in the 2016 final – should provide a far stiffer test.

The Swiss beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-4 7-6 (11-9) 7-6 (7-4) and will fancy his chances of upsetting the top side given his physical woes.


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