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Djokovic wins in 4 with injured arm

New York — Novak Djokovic double-faulted, then shook his right arm and grimaced.

Seconds later Monday night, a weak serve produced a wince from the US Open’s defending champion, then was followed by a missed forehand that gave away a set – the first set dropped by Djokovic in the first round of any Grand Slam tournament since 2010.

Number one seed Novak Djokovic, nursing an injured right arm, beat Jerzy Janowicz, 3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the US Open Monday night in New York. (EPA / Manila Bulletin)

Number one seed Novak Djokovic, nursing an injured right arm, beat Jerzy Janowicz, 3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the US Open Monday night in New York.
(EPA / Manila Bulletin)

While he managed to emerge with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, there were plenty of signs of trouble, starting with a visit from a trainer who massaged Djokovic’s bothersome arm after only five games.

Asked about his health during an on-court interview, Djokovic deflected the question, saying, “I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about this now. I’m through. I’m taking it day by day.”

When the subject arose at his news conference, Djokovic again avoided addressing the topic, saying the trainer’s visit “was just prevention; it’s all good.”

During the match, Djokovic hit first serves around 100 mph, sometimes slower _ 25 mph or so below what’s normal for him. He hit second serves in the low 80s mph. He flexed that right arm, the one he has used to wield a racket on the way to 12 Grand Slam titles, and appeared generally unhappy, covering his head with a white towel at changeovers.

Djokovic’s coach, Boris Becker, gnawed on his fingernails, looking nervous as can be.

All in all, Djokovic’s issues figure to loom large as the tournament progresses, and therefore amounted to the most noteworthy development at Flushing Meadows, even if there were results of interest elsewhere.

Those included No. 8-seeded Madison Keys’ 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 comeback victory over 60th-ranked Alison Riske in the last match of the night. It finished at 1:48 a.m., well after Keys took a medical timeout while a trainer worked on her right shoulder in the second set, and extended Riske’s Grand Slam losing streak to 10 matches.