Djokovic advances to US Open semifinals after again winning via retirement
Sep 09, 2016, 04:32
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the third opponent to retire along Novak Djokovic's especially easy road to another U.S. Open semifinals.
Defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows after a knee injury forced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to quit when trailing 6-3 6-2.
Tsonga looked bemused and out of ideas, his predicament worsening when he required a medical timeout for attention to his left knee after falling a double break down in the second set.
Monfils beat Pouille 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to set up the high octane semi-final showdown with the world No. 1.
On Thursday, Djokovic will play No. 10 Gael Monfils, who advanced earlier against No. 24 Lucas Pouille, the man who eliminated Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.
Djokovic is now 53-1 against French players and takes that record into his Friday semi (with two days off) against Monfils, who he is 12-0 against, including a straight-set win in Toronto just a few weeks ago.
"It's not good to win a match in this way", del Potro said.
The extra rest has proven timely for Djokovic, who arrived in NY nursing injuries to both his left wrist and right elbow and the the top seed said: "I am not really concerned". But the entertaining Monfils has been playing the best tennis of his career lately, winning all 15 sets he's played during this tournament.
"I can only wish all of my opponents a speedy recovery", Djokovic said after Tuesday's match.
"I have played so manytimes", he said.
Tenth seed Monfils was his dynamic self and invincible from the service line in a commanding win over 22-year-old Pouille, who was coming off three successive five-set wins including a fourth-round upset of 14-times grand slam victor Rafa Nadal.
"I'm in the semi-finals, so that's what matters for me the most", Djokovic told reporters after 83 minutes in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
But 12-time major victor Djokovic failed to capitalise and the Frenchman immediately struck back after the Serb missed a sitter at the net. I think I have no shame to say it. I know him very well.
" I'm trying to improve my mental side because I know that I have to stay focused on my game, try to be here in this moment, not think about what happens, think about the positive things, just go for it and try to stay relaxed when it is a little bit close".
Despite some typical flashes of inspiration, Tsonga hit 19 unforced errors and failed to win a point on his second serve as the steadier Djokovic took the opening set in 35 minutes. "I'm sure it's not something he wished for and didn't want this to happen".
Against Djokovic, Monfils is still looking for his first victory after a dozen defeats.
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