World number one Novak Djokovic has declared himself fit and ready to challenge for a third Grand Slam title of the year at the US Open.
The Serb retired during the second set of last weekend’s Cincinnati Masters final against Andy Murray with a shoulder injury, but is confident that has now fully recovered.
Djokovic said: “My shoulder is feeling fine. I had a little trouble in Cincinnati and I carried that up to the finals.
“It was unfortunate to finish the match against Murray that way, but I think it was the right decision, because I needed not to risk any further major injuries.
“I decided to take some time off and went to have an MRI, and everything is fine. I have been serving the last couple of days, playing 100 per cent, so I'm ready.”
Djokovic’s opponent in the first round tonight will be Irishman Conor Niland (7.30pm), who was denied a meeting with Roger Federer at Wimbledon by a first round defeat.
Top American Mardy Fish wasted no time in reaching the second round when the tournament got under way yesterday as he demolished German Tobias Kamke 6-2 6-2 6-1 in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 29-year-old had far too much quality for Kamke, finishing the job in an hour and 43 minutes.
There was disappointment for another American, though, as teenager Ryan Harrison was well beaten 6-2 7-5 7-6 (8/6) by Croatian 27th seed Marin Cilic in Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Cilic now faces another young gun in Wimbledon quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic, who defeated American qualifier Michael Yani 6-3 6-4 6-4.
Ninth seed Tomas Berdych had no problem seeing off French qualifier Romain Jouan 6-2 7-6 (7/4) 6-1 while Richard Gasquet was impressive in a 6-4 6-4 6-0 win against Sergiy Stakhovsky.