Djokovic out of Cincinnati, cites must recuperate

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Novak Djokovic pulled out of the Western & Southern Open on Monday, that means the subsequent time he shall be in motion shall be as he tries to finish a calendar-year Grand Slam on the U.S. Open.

The highest-ranked Djokovic wrote on social media that he wants “a bit longer to recuperate and recuperate after fairly a taxing journey from Australia to Tokyo.”

He’s 21-0 in Grand Slam motion in 2021, profitable the titles on the Australian Open on laborious courts in February, the French Open on clay courts in June and Wimbledon on grass courts in July. No man had even gained the primary three main tennis championships — not to mention all 4 — in a single season since Rod Laver’s true Grand Slam in 1969.

After Wimbledon, Djokovic went to the Tokyo Olympics in pursuit of a Golden Slam — a singles gold medal to associate with all 4 main trophies in a single season — however he didn’t handle to gather a medal of any shade there.

The 34-year-old from Serbia misplaced to Germany’s Alexander Zverev within the singles semifinals, then to Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta within the bronze-medal match.

“I simply did not ship yesterday and at this time. The extent of tennis dropped. Additionally because of exhaustion — mentally and bodily,” Djokovic mentioned after the latter defeat. “I gave all of it, no matter I had left within the tank, which was not a lot.”

Djokovic additionally misplaced with associate Nina Stojanovic within the combined doubles semifinals, then withdrew from that occasion’s bronze-medal match.

The Western & Southern Open begins subsequent weekend in Cincinnati. The primary draw of the U.S. Open begins Aug. 30 in New York.

Final yr, Djokovic gained his second Western & Southern Open title; the match was held at Flushing Meadows, the positioning of the U.S. Open, as a part of a particular back-to-back staging of the 2 hard-court occasions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Djokovic wrote Monday that he’ll “flip my focus and a focus to US Open and spend some extra time with household. See you in New York quickly!”

Along with pursuing what can be solely the fourth one-year Slam by a person — Laver did it twice within the Nineteen Sixties; Don Budge did it within the Thirties — Djokovic additionally shall be attempting to say his twenty first profession main title on the U.S. Open. That will break the lads’s mark of 20 he presently shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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