08 October 2020 00:33
Djokovic had neck problems recently during a two-tournament swing in New York, where he withdrew from doubles at the Western & Southern Open and considered withdrawal from the singles draw. On Wednesday, he declined to be specific about what was troubling him but repeatedly grabbed at his upper left arm, pounding it with a fist at one stage in the first set (and hitting his legs with his racket in frustration at another stage). He was treated on some changeovers, with a physiotherapist working on his triceps as if Djokovic were having radiating pain or stiffness. "I had some neck issues and some shoulder issues; I'll just say that," Djokovic said. "I don't want to get really too much into it.
Obviously I'm still in the tournament, so I don't want to reveal too much. I'm feeling OK. I thinks the match progressed, I warmed up my body and the pain kind of faded away. It allowed me to play better and better and feel better." Carreño Busta was the beneficiary at the United States Open last month when Djokovic was disqualified for inadvertently striking an umpire with a ball. Carreño Busta said he was not surprised that Djokovic was showing signs of physical distress or that he called for the trainer. "It means that I was giving him trouble and he was having doubts," Carreño Busta said. "He's been doing this for a long time. Every time a match gets complicated, he asks for medical assistance. I don't know if it's a chronic problem with his shoulder or a mental thing. It didn't cause me to lose concentration because I knew it was coming. It happened at the U.S. Open and it will keep happening." In Friday's first semifinal, Rafael Nadal of Spain, the 12-time French Open champion, will face Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, another player making his first appearance in the final four at Roland Garros.