Sunday, August 21, 2011

Djokovic Has A Bum Shoulder!

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was forced to retire in the second set of his match against World No. 4 Andy Murray due to an ailing shoulder. Murray had a commanding 6-4, 3-0 lead in the final of the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati when Djokovic, in obvious pain, had to call it quits.

This gave Murray the title by default and handed Djokovic only is second loss of the year. He is now an outstanding 57-2 on the year.

The questions on everyone's mind are: 1) Is playing at such an extremely high level starting to take it's toll on Djokovic? Prior to Cincinnati, Djokovic had won 9 of the 10 tournaments in which he has played in 2011, only losing once to Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals. This is an unprecedented high level of tennis for any mere mortal. 2) How will his shoulder respond in the upcoming U.S. Open?

Here's what Djokovic said when asked these questions--

"There is no good loss, that's for sure. But the good thing is that there is a week, eight days [before] the start of the US Open. So I think that's enough time for me to get ready."

All we can do is wish the new World No. 1 all the best in his recovery and hope that he's 100% healthy for the upcoming U.S. Open, but if anything, at least this proves that he's human.

Well, almost human.

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