Djokovic, "helped by a spectator", goes into the round of 16

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic qualified Friday for the US Open Round of 16 after a spectacular match against American Denis Kudla (111th), which he dominated 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

"What gives me the greatest pleasure is to finish almost without having a sore shoulder. My shoulder (right) embarrass me for two weeks and especially the last game. I did not train yesterday (Thursday)", did he declare.

At the end of the second round, he confessed to having almost given up because of a pain "violent and unpredictableon the shoulder, but on Friday Kudla could see that the Serb was there. And that he was formidable.

And if he had the eye of the tiger, it is perhaps thanks to the strange psychological preparation received during his warm-up on a short schedule some time before his match.

A spectator made him get out of his hinges to the point that Djokovic launched him "I'll find you … Trust me, I'll find you!"

"He helped me"

In front of the press, he did not want to go into details: "we will keep that between us. But he helped me (to win). He does not even know it, but he helped me", he said, presumably in his tension …

In the next round, the Serbian N.1 world will face Stan Wawrinka (24th) who beat him in the final in 2016.

Djokovic posted Friday all his defense mastery and his ability to launch lethal counterattacks during tense exchanges.

Since his first final in 2007 and beyond 2017 where he was absent, the Serb has always reached the 8th and even the semi-finals, winning over this period three titles (2011, 2015, 2018) and losing five finals.

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