Week two is underway at the U.S. Open, and the competition has been whittled down to a handful of players. In the men’s singles draw, one semi-final match is already set. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (1) will take on Frenchman Gael Monfils (10) on Friday.

Djokovic arrived in New York with questions over a nagging wrist injury that led to his early departure at Wimbledon and at the Rio Olympics. It turns out that it would be the injuries of Djokovic’s opponents that would make headlines at the U.S. Open. Of the five matches Djokovic has played so far in the tournament, three (in bold below) have ended early due to injury.

First round: Defeated J. Janowicz (6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1)
Second round: Defeated J. Vesely (Walkover)
Third round: Defeated M. Youzhny (4-2, Retired/Injury)
Fourth round: Defeated K. Edmund (6-1, 6-1, 6-4)
Quarterfinals: Defeated J. Tsonga (6-3, 6-2, Retired/Injury)

It is yet to be determined how Djokovic’s light schedule will affect his end result in New York. Perhaps less time on the court has helped with his wrist injury, or maybe the infrequent stretches of playing have hurt Djokovic’s timing and conditioning. The world no. 1 will assuredly have his hands full with Monfils, a player who relies on a high energy level and disrupting the flow of his opponent.

Joe Frieden is a staff writer covering the NBA and tennis for The Sports Blaze. Follow him on Twitter @SoFlaKing.

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