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World No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic shockingly bowed out from the ongoing tournament of US Open 2019. This happened when the defending champion Novak suffered a painful shoulder injury during the Round of 16 match against 23rd-seeded Stan Wawrinka at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday. He received immediate treatment at the start of 3rd set but the pain was so severe that he had to discontinue the game after 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 scoreline. Right from the beginning of the game Novak was looking bit disturb with his painful shoulder. As a result, he failed to manage a comfortable lead against the Swiss veteran and eventually walked out of the game.

Even Novak’s opponent Stan Wawrinka was also not happy with his departure as he said after the match, “it’s never the way you want to finish a match. I’m sorry for Novak. He’s an amazing champion”.

This is not the first time when Novak was jolted with an injury issue in US Open 2019 as earlier in the second round against Juan Ignacio Londero also he felt severe pain. Though he somehow managed to battle in the match and even won by  6-4, 7-6(3), 6-1 scoreline. But in Round of 16, Novak lost all the hopes to comeback with unbearable pain.

Earlier in the third round of the prestigious tournament, top-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated  American professional Denis Kudla with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win in the game lasted for more than two hours. Novak was the biggest threat for each and every player in US Open 2019 and now when he has been ruled out of the grand tournament many players got new hopes to clinch the lustrous title.

When on one side Novak Djokovic ruled out of the glitzy event, his strong contenders Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer on the other, still continue in the game. Both Medvedev and Federer reached to the quarter-finals of US Open 2019 where they will face Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka and Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov respectively. In recently concluded Round of 16, Federer clashed with World no. 15 David Goffin. He thrashed the Belgian professional with a great margin of 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. On the other side, World No.5 Daniil Medvedev reached the quarters after defeating Dominik Koepfer of Germany by 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (7-2) in the third round. It will be interesting to see how both the tennis greats will perform in the upcoming clashes.