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Novak Djokovic says arm OK, glad to have played a full match

Novak Djokovic hits the backhand return against Jerzy

Novak Djokovic hits the backhand return against Jerzy Janowcz on Day 1 of the U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Novak Djokovic, the U.S. Open’s No. 1 seed, finally got to play a complete match, beating Britain’s Kyle Edmund, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4, in a match that ended just after midnight Monday.

Of some concern was the state of Djokovic’s right arm. A trainer worked on it after the third game of the third set, and it was worked on in Djokovic’s opening match against Jerzy Janowicz, which he won in four sets.

Djokovic said afterward that his arm is fine and that he was happy to finally be playing a match. His second-round opponent, Jiri Vesely, withdrew before the match with arm trouble. Mikhail Youzhny, his third-round opponent, retired after six games with a hamstring strain.

Djokovic had a total of just over three hours of court time before Sunday night’s match, which lasted just under two hours. He will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a quarterfinal match tonight. “I really wanted to start the match well today because I didn’t have much time on the court overall before the fourth round,” Djokovic said. “Considering I had some struggles before the tournament, I feel great at this moment physically; mentally as well, I’m motivated. So coming into the second week of a Grand Slam quarterfinals feeling good, it’s exactly where I want to be.”

Farewell to Armstrong

Fans will get a chance to personally say goodbye to Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday. The former showpiece court of the National Tennis Center is being torn down after this tournament ends, to be replaced with a roofed arena in 2018. The USTA will put on a trick shot exhibition and fans will be invited onto the court to hit. Thursday is free grounds admission for all fans to see a number of doubles semifinals and a showcase of legendary players. The boys and girls junior competition is underway and the American Collegiate Invitational begins. Tuesday will be the last day of competitive tennis on Armstrong.

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