Defending champion Novak Djokovic silenced concerns about his left shoulder as the Serbian breezed past American Denis Kudla 6-3 6-4 6-2 on Friday to reach the last 16 at the US Open.Djokovic’s title defence looked to be in jeopardy in his previous match when he received treatment on his shoulder several times, an issue which he said had impacted his serve and backhand.But he looked to be playing pain free against Kudla, the 16-times Grand Slam champion winning 81% of his first-serve points and turning aside all seven break points he faced against the unseeded American.”I managed to play almost pain free, that’s a big improvement from my last match,” said top seed Djokovic.”Obviously I didn’t know how the body would react and I am just glad to finish the match tonight.”Kudla, who due to a rain delay earlier this week was playing his second match in as many days, brought incredible energy into the match and raced around the court to make a number of shots that surprised Djokovic but was simply overmatched.Djokovic twice pushed back his pre-match practice but came out firing right from the start as served out to love to begin the match and broke Kudla for a 3-1 cushion en route to wrapping up the first set without showing any signs of distress.The Serb broke again in the fifth game of second set and was in total control as he served out to love in the ensuing game for a 4-2 cushion.advertisementDjokovic opened the final set with another break and added another in the seventh game before closing out the match when he served out to love.The only time Djokovic looked bothered during the match came in the first set when he screamed at someone who talked during a point inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.It marked the second incident of the day between Djokovic and a spectator as the Serbian, apparently angry at being interrupted while serving during his practice session, told one individual: “Trust me, I’ll come find you.”Up next for Djokovic will be former champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat Italian Paolo Lorenzi earlier on Friday.Also Read | US Open 2019: Roger Federer sick and tired of preferential treatment talkAlso See:
The Attorney General has ordered Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D Wickramaratne to submit reports on the investigations conducted into four high profile incidents, including journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga and rugger player Wasim Thajudeen.The August 2006 killing of 17 workers of Action Against Hunger (ACF) and the abduction of 11 young men by a Navy intelligence unit between 2008 and 2009 are the other two cases regarding which the Attorney General has sought reports. Wickremetunga was assassinated in January 2009. Thajudeen was killed in a car crash in May 2012 which was initially pronounced to be an accident but is currently being investigated as a murder. (Colombo Gazette) The Attorney General has instructed that investigations into the murders be expedited.
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