US Open 2016: Novak Djokovic provides fitness update after Jerzy Janowicz win
World No1 Novak Djokovic says every match presents different challenges after four sets victory over Jerzy Janowicz
Novak Djokovic says he is taking it day-to-day with his fitness after the world number one beat Jerzy Janowicz in four sets in his US Open first-round match on Monday night.
The Serbian missed the Cinicannti Masters due to a reoccurring left wrist injury after having made premature exits at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Rio.
However, the 29-year-old came through his first-round test against his big-serving Polish opponent on Arthur Ashe court on Monday night.
Janowicz took the second set 5-7 after Djokovic had won the opener 6-4 before the two-time US Open champion eased to a four-set victory as he rattled off the final two sets 6-2 and 6-1.
Asked at his post-match media conference about his fitness amid concerns over his right elbow during Monday’s win, Djokovic insisted that he was feeling increasingly perkier as the match progressed.
“To be honest, I take it day by day,” Djokovic said. “That’s what I feel at the moment. It’s good, as I said,
“Just to finish the match [was good]. I’m pleased that as the match progressed I was feeling better and better.”
Djokovic added: “Look, each day presents us some kind of challenges that we need to overcome, [I] accept and overcome.
“It wasn’t easy today playing against Jerzy for the first time. He’s a very potent player, powerful serve, big forehands.
Djokovic will take on Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely in the second round.