Injury helped spur me to US Open title: Djokovic

Updated: 13 September 2011 10:02 IST

Novak Djokovic believes a sudden back injury which threatened to sabotage his titanic US Open final battle with Rafael Nadal on Monday helped him over the finish line.

Injury helped spur me to US Open title: Djokovic

Novak Djokovic believes a sudden back injury which threatened to sabotage his titanic US Open final battle with Rafael Nadal on Monday helped him over the finish line.

The world number one Serb triumphed 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1 to win his first US Open title and third Grand Slam of the year, a campaign which has seen him win 64 times against just two defeats. (Also Read: Brilliant Djokovic shatters Nadal)

But he needed a medical timeout at the start of the fourth set which briefly looked to have given defending champion Nadal a chink of hope.

"I took some painkillers. I had some problems with the ribs, leg cramps as well as a back problem, it was more than one thing," said the world number one.

"It wasn't a surprise. In the fourth set I felt some discomfort with the serve so I went for precision more than speed to get into the rallies.

"I think he was expecting a big serve and he ended up being short on the returns. But he was also fitter so I had to go for my shots and I did."

Topics : Tennis US Open 2011 Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic
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