First seed Novak Djokovic withdrew on the grounds of injury, while losing to Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 5-7, 1-2 at September 1st night.
Djokovic led 19-5 in the head-to-head record, but Wawrinka was the winner in two of the last three confrontations in the Grand Slam. In New York three years ago, he won the championship.
In the first four games, no player had a chance to win the game to catch the ball. The backhand error caused Djokovic to face two break-points and Wawrinka did not miss the opportunity to take the lead 3-2.
The Swiss player plays the game and takes advantage of the heavy serve. The first set closed after eight acres of the seed number 23. Wawrinka had 10 winner points, four points ahead of Djokovic.
After the lackluster opening set, the number one player in the world played better. Djokovic won the first game and took only one point in the next game to lead 3-0. He faced two risk of losing the game delivered at 4-2 but saved only the first break-point, before breaking a delicious forehand.
Since that time, Wawrinka has completely mastered the game. The 34-year-old pulled the opponent into the durable ball, breaking the solid defensive posture from the bottom line of Djokovic. Wawrinka closed the second set of wins after winning another ball game in the 11th game. In this set, both had the same six winner points, but the defending champion Djokovic made 17 self-defeating errors, many 10 opponents more error.
Famous for his ability to return effectively, but in this match, Djokovic was unable to make a comeback in front of the accurate and perfect performance of the Swiss player. Wawrinka lost just six of 38 serve points before Djokovic gave up when he was leading 1-2 in the third set on the left shoulder injury.
During the match, Djokovic had a total of 35 self-defeating errors, nearly double the number of similar errors of the opponent, while the winner score was two points worse than Wawrinka. The number one seed only successfully takes advantage of one of its five break-point opportunities.
“I’m sorry for Novak. He’s a great friend and also the defending champion. We have faced each other in many good matches. I hope to be able to maintain a high level after the game tonight”, Stan Wawrinka said after the game.
Having won four titles in the last five Grand Slams, Djokovic clearly did not hide his disappointment when he missed the chance to defend the US Open championship. “It’s not the first or last to give up due to injury in a big tournament, but I still feel hurt having to leave the tournament this way”, he said.
Wawrinka’s upcoming opponent will be Daniil Medvedev, the young Russian player who won the right to play the first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 victory over Dominik Koepfer.
The two players only met once only in the first round of Wimbledon 2017, where Medvedev won after four sets.