Whatever Novak Djokovic’s protestations to the contrary, the prevailing sentiment around Flushing Meadows, supported by the visual evidence, is the defending champion is less than fully fit as he reaches for his third US Open title against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.
Novak Djokovic has finally put on his game face.
Kyle Edmund had his moments against Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the US Open, but they were too few and and too short. The world No1, not exactly at his best and still favouring his right elbow, gathered his resources efficiently enough to win 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in just under two hours and move through to the quarter-finals on Tuesday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who earlier on day seven beat the American Jack Sock with some to spare.
Juan Martin del Potro’s day ended far better than it started after he toppled world No1 Novak Djokovic in the opening round of the Olympic tennis tournament on Sunday night. Buoyed by a rollicking crowd and a reinvigorated forehand, the soft-spoken Argentine prevailed 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2) in a highly entertaining match of exquisite quality.
There are two ways to view the 2016 Olympics: cynically, as witnessed by sluggish ticket sales, civil unrest, a noisily creaking infrastructure and the absence of many of the world’s best athletes, or with a kinder eye, as championed by Andy Murray.
In the hours after his stunning win against Novak Djokovic in the previous round, Sam Querrey watched every little rerun he could get his hands on, loving the moment.