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I’m as close to being painless as I can be,’ says Novak Djokovic after latest Cincinnati win

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Novak Djokovic has given an injury update after his latest Western and Southern Open match, insisting he is ‘close to being painless’.

The world number one has struggled with a neck injury this week, requiring a court-side medical timeout in his opening match.

However, he is also yet to drop a set, and he says insists everything is looking positive on the fitness front.

“I’m pleasantly surprised with the way I recovered and felt today, just overall physically, but also with the neck specifically,” Novak Djokovic said.

“I’m as close to [being] painless [in my] neck as I can be. I’m feeling very good and that has obviously positively reflected on my game today.”

“All in all it was just a great performance.

“I felt better and I played better than I did last night. Everything is going in the right direction.”

Djokovic will now face Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarter-finals after the German got the better of David Goffin 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

He has also been boosted by knowing he cannot lose the world number one spot before he overtakes Pete Sampras on the all-time list for most week’s spent at the top of the rankings.


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