Novak Djokovic’s injury woes show no signs of ending and the world no. 1 has been forced to pull-out of the China Open, in Beijing that starts next week. This has been Djokovic’s second injury-related withdrawal from before an event this season.
Earlier, he’d missed the Cincinnati Open with an injury to his left wrist. “I am extremely disappointed not to be able to compete at the China Open this year. I’m still recovering from my elbow injury and have been advised not to play until my condition improves.
I will continue with my rehabilitation and hope to be able to return to the ATP Tour as soon as possible. The China Open is one of my favourite tournaments. I have had a lot of success there, winning the title six times. I love competing in front of the passionate Chinese fans and I look forward to coming back to Beijing in the future,” said the six-time China Open champion, in his written statement announcing his withdrawal.
Djokovic has never lost a match in Beijing and holds an emphatic 29-0 record in the event. He won his first title in Beijing in 2009 and has been the champion for the last four years. Since winning the French Open this year, nothing seems to be going right for the 12-time Grand Slam champion.
He was upset early in Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics – where he’d played singles and men’s doubles – and though he won the Rogers Cup in Toronto, he seemed to be struggling unlike his previously dominant self.
At the US Open, he’d had quite a tournament. He reached the final but en route had only played only a couple of completed with his other opponents either withdrawing before or during the match. Stan Wawrinka defeated him in the final to win his third Major.
Though Andy Murray’s chances of becoming the world no. 1 had dimmed after his loss at the US Open, this withdrawal of Djokovic once again gives the Briton the opportunity to try and overthrow Djokovic. Murray will be the top-seed in the Serb’s absence in Beijing and he will have to put up a good showing in order to further his chances of being the world’s best player.
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