Novak Djokovic -01- (SRB) def Denis Kudla -111- (USA)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium announcer Andy Taylor.
Oh…the drama. In his previous victory, Novak Djokovic struggled with his left shoulder. Speculation and swirled before the match. Would he retire right before the start of the match? I mean…after all, he cancelled a scheduled practice earlier in the day.
Novak showed up. He played. He won. Again. Stan Wawrinka will get the next crack at Novak’s shoulder, in a rematch of the 2015 US Open Final.
Let the conjecture begin.
NEXT:  Stan Wawrinka -24- (SUI) vs  Novak Djokovic -01- (SRB)
Round-3 Biography |  Novak Djokovic -01- (SRB)
At 32 years old, Few have been more dominant on this court than the defending US Open Champion. In 2007, he reached his first Grand Slam Final right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium and has gone-on to reach the US Open Final 8-times in the last 12 years, capturing the title in 2011, 2015 and 2018. With his 5th Wimbledon victory last month, he is now a 16-time grand slam Champion – and owns the Career Grand Slam. one of only 3 men who’s held all four Major titles at the same time, He also STANDS ALONE as the only player to win all 9 ATP Masters-1000 Tournaments – and is the only player to capture 7 Australian Open titles. From Serbia, please welcome 3-time US Open Champion and the #1 Player in the World, Novak Djokovic.
▲ R3: def Denis Kudla -111- (USA) 63 64 62
▲ R2: def Juan Ignacio Londero -56- (ARG) 64 76(3) 61
▲ R1: def Roberto Carballes Baena -76- (ESP) 64 61 64
Round-3 Biography | Denis Kudla -111- (USA)
Tonight, this 27-year-old is competing in the 3rd-Round of the US Open for the first time. He owns 6 ATP Challenger Tour Singles titles, 7 Doubles titles and has been ranked as high as World #53. At Wimbledon in 2015, as A Wild Card ranked outside the top-100, he reached the 4th-Round of a Grand Slam for the first time – and earlier this year, earned the biggest win of his career, upsetting World #16 Gael Monfils to reach the Quarterfinals in Stuttgart. With wins this week over Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic and Dusan Lajovic, he is making his 3rd-Round and Arthur Ashe Stadium debut. From Arlington, Virginia – Please welcome Denis Kudla.
▲ R2: def Dusan Lajovic -29- (SRB) 75 75 06 63
▲ R1: def Janko Tipsarevic -260- (SRB) 36 61 76(5) 61
▲ Received a spot in the main draw after Juan Martin Del Potro’s withdrawal
Head to Head
These two have met once before. Novak Djokovic won that match earlier this Summer in the 2nd-Round of Wimbledon.