Injured Djokovic quits US Open clash with Wawrinka

But after dropping the first two sets and going down a break early in the third, Djokovic packed it in, retiring from the match at 6-4 7-5 2-1.

The shoulder injury nearly saw Djokovic retire from his second-round match on Wednesday but the 32-year-old seemed to have recovered by Friday, saying he was almost pain-free after winning in straight sets to reach the last 16.

Djokovic refused to expand on the nature of his injury, which had caused him considerable pain during a second-round win over Juan Ignacio Londero.

Stan Wawrinka defeated Novak Djokovic by retirement when the Swiss was leading two sets to love. He received a mixed reception from the NY crowd upon leaving the court, copping some boos and jeers; to which he offered an ironic thumbs-up.

Djokovic was booed by large sections of the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd as he left the court, a turn of events that also had Wawrinka taken aback in NY.

Djokovic entered the night with a 19-5 head-to-head edge against Wawrinka across their careers. Earlier in the tournament, Djokovic declared his intention to catch and surpass both those men. I know I get to my best level.

"Obviously I'm in the midst of unfortunate situation, and I have to, you know, suffer the consequences of that". I realised when I came to practice that I was moving well, so I was quite confident that I was going to bring a good level tonight. This loss, if that's the right word for it, is a precious opportunity gone to waste.

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Djokovic reiterated his commitment to challenging for the all-time singles title record before he left the Open, albeit in a more muted tone.

"But at the same time, it's a long road ahead hopefully for me I hope I can play for many more years".

"For sure I could see some little thing that he was in trouble".

He was followed off court and up the tunnel by a chorus of boos from the crowd. He understood their discontent and empathized, even though they spurned him.

"I'm sorry for the crowd. Obviously not the first, not the last player to get injured and to withdraw from one of the biggest events in sport", Djokovic said. That's all it is.

Knowing that I have the game to beat him in that stadium. "It is what it is".

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