Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Djokovic overcomes stomach trouble in Cincinnati

Djokovic overcomes stomach trouble in Cincinnati
Djokovic overcomes stomach trouble in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic battled stomach issues to beat Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 and reach the third round in Cincinnati.

Djokovic called for the doctor during the second set against Mannarino but put aside his discomfort to progress to the next round before rain halted afternoon play.

“I wasn't feeling well. I didn't have a great night and wasn't feeling that well for the first set and a half. I kind of made it through, and with the help of the doctor and God (smiling) I'm just happy that I managed to overcome the challenge.

“Credit to him playing well in the first set, but I wasn't myself. On the court I had difficulty moving around and just hitting the ball, making a lot of unforced errors. The second part of the second set and third set it was already much better. I will try to take that into next match.”

Nole has won every masters 100 tournaments except Cincinnati.

Djokovic said the dream of finally winning the tournament to complete his set of Masters 1000 titles helped, not hindered, his progress. “I think it adds more to the motivation rather than pressure," the 30-time Masters 1000 champion said. "I really want to win this tournament, and I have been trying. I'm still in the tournament this year, and hopefully I can get a shot at the title.

But I need to definitely play better than I have in the first couple matches. I have been training a lot and trying to find the game and the level of tennis that I want to be on. I am motivated to get far in this tournament, without a doubt.”

Djokovic will meet defending champion Grigor Dimitrov or Mischa Zverev in the third round.