Novak Djokovic has dismissed fresh injury concerns, saying that his obvious discomfort in his win over John Isner at the Shanghai Masters was just a result of ‘over-stretching.’
Djokovic dismissed Isner 7-5, 6-3, but looked to be bothered by an elbow injury midway through the match.
However, he was able to not only complete the match but also play doubles immediately after it – pairing with Filip Krajinovic as they fell to a defeat Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski – so he doesn’t believe there is any real problem to report.
“Yeah I did feel a little bit of a pain there when I over-stretched,” Djokovic admitted. “But I played doubles and it seems to be fine.”
Djokovic was in fine form against Isner, who seemed genuinely frustrated at the way the Serbian negated the advantage of his biggest weapon, his serve.
“It is always a big challenge returning the serve of Isner,” Djokovic admitted.
“He has got one of the biggest serves of all time and one of the tallest guys ever to play tennis.
“With that height the serve is a huge weapon and huge advantage.
“I managed to find a good position on the return at the end of the first set and beginning of the second.
“I won five games in a row and that was the key, obviously having a break each set.
“Then I kind of held my serve. I felt it was one of the best serving matches I’ve had.”
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