Novak Djokovic and his team did not expect to reach semi-final at the US Open. In fact, Nole's presence in the last Grand Slam of the season was itself in doubt because of his wrist injury that had forced him to withdraw from Cincinnati and that still has been bothering him during US Open.
'I was very worried about it,' Marian Vajda admitted. 'It takes time to heal something like this, and there was no time, just two weeks to three weeks. So we were all worried. We didn’t expect this performance here, basically because all the diagnosis, everything, led us to think that we should consider not to play the tournament basically.
He needed more rest.' And instead they decided to play and the choice seems to have paid off; thanks to a good amount of luck as well. Novak's played for just three hours and 53 minutes, taking advantage of one walkover and two retirements and has earned $2,734.37 for each point won! Reaching the semi-finals, he's earned $875,000 and won 320 points.
He played a four setter against Jerzy Janowicz in the first set and had won his fourth round match in straight sets against Kyle Edmund. He was leading by two sets in hi quarter-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, when he retired and 4-2 in the first set in his third round match against Mikhail Youzhny.
He has played the fewest sets before reaching a Grand Slam Semifinal in a 128-man draw in the Open Era. Story by New York Times
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