Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic’s injury problems at the US Open were caused by their physical exertions in the Wimbledon final.

That is the view of three-time US Open champion and Andy Murray’s former coach Ivan Lendl.

Djokovic beat Federer in the longest Wimbledon final in history to with a fifth title at SW19.

Both plays took an extended break from tennis and decided to skip the Rogers Cup earlier this month.

They returned to action at the Cincinnati Masters where Federer crashed out in the third round and Djokovic lost in the semi-finals.

When they arrived at Flushing Meadows, both players said they were feeling physically fine.

But Djokovic later revealed he was struggling with a shoulder injury and he retired from his match with Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round.

While Federer suffered a back problem which hampered him in his defeat to Grigor Dimitrov.

Speaking on Eurosport, Lendl felt the reason for Federer and Djokovic’s problems originated with their epic Wimbledon battle.

He said: “I believe that mentally and physically Novak and Roger paid here for the Wimbledon finals.

“The Wimbledon final was an amazing match in terms of historical significance.

“Roger goes to 21, Novak stays at 15, six is a much bigger number than four.

“Physically it was a long match and both players had some injuries over here whether it was later or maybe not fully recovered.

“I crossed it 100 times in my coaching career when Andy Murray played Stan Wawrinka in 2017 French Open semis and both players flared up afterward. That’s when Andy’s hip flared up and he hasn’t really been the same since and now with the surgery he is starting to play.

“And Stan was out for almost a year with a knee [injury] and that happened in that match.

“So what happens in those matches is that players push so hard physically and mentally they have nothing left and they are a little more vulnerable to injuries.”


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