Novak Djokovic got his second walkover in as many games at the US Open, making it to the fourth round with no hassles.
The Serb emerged victorious in the encounter after his opponent Mikhail Youzhny retired after six games due to injury.
This came two days after defending champion Djokovic’s second-round opponent, Jiri Vesely, withdrew a couple of hours before that match because of inflammation in his left forearm.
“I don’t think I ever had this kind of situation in my career,” Djokovic said. “But considering the stage of the season, the amount of matches I’ve played, what I’ve been through with my body, I think it’s actually good to have some days off and then shorter matches, from one side.
“From the other side, sure, as you are approaching second week of the Grand Slam, you want to have match play and you want to have time spent on the center court before you face one of the top players.”
Djokovic moved into the fourth round (or round of 16) at Flushing Meadows for the 10th consecutive year.
Youzhny quit after only 31 minutes while trailing Djokovic 4-2. The Russian received treatment from a trainer early, getting his left leg wrapped, and briefly tried to continue.
“I’ll take it,” Djokovic said. “I’m moving on and focusing on the next one.”
The top-ranked star will play Kyle Edmund, after beating 20th seed John Isner 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5).