US Open: Novak Djokovic excited to face Stan Wawrinka in fourth round

The world No 1 reaches last 16 despite shoulder niggle in New York

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is through to the last 16 of the US Open. EPA 
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is through to the last 16 of the US Open. EPA 

Novak Djokovic shrugged off concerns about his fitness to dispatch Denis Kudla in straight sets at the US Open.

The defending champion sparked fears that he may have to pull out of the tournament after delaying a practice session, having needed extensive treatment on a shoulder problem during his second-round match.

But Djokovic showed no obvious discomfort in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over American Kudla.

"What pleased me most is that I managed to play almost pain free, that's a big improvement on my last match," he said.

"I'm not going to go into medical details, but it was bothering me over the last couple of weeks and especially in the last match."

Djokovic will face former champion Stan Wawrinka in a marquee last-16 match on Sunday.

He added: "We've had some great battles over the years, everywhere.

"I lost to him last time we played here, in the final in 2016. He has a lot of power, a lot of quality. Let the better player win."

It will be a rematch from the 2016 final in New York, which Wawrinka won.

Wawrinka got through in straight sets against Italian lucky loser Paolo Lorenzi, the Swiss, seeded 23rd, winning 6-4, 7-6, 7-6.

Roger Federer roared past Britain's Dan Evans and will face David Goffin in round four.

Federer, five times a winner at Flushing Meadows, hit a total of 48 winners past the British number two.

Federer wrapped up a 6-2 6-2 6-1 win in just one hour and 20 minutes.

Goffin, the Belgian 15th seed, beat Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in three tight sets, 7-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Kei Nishikori, the runner-up in 2014, was a third-round casualty.

The Japanese seventh seed was beaten 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-3 by Alex De Minaur of Australia

Published: August 31, 2019 08:55 AM


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