A suspected bout of food poisoning forced Ireland’s Conor Niland to retire during the second set of his first round match against Novak Djokovic at the US Open.
Niland was blown away during the first set by Djokovic losing 6-0 and he was 5-1 down in the second set before he retired.
Niland’s backhands were his main downfall and he ended the match with 19 unforced errors after only twelve games.
“I got sick on Sunday night, early Monday morning. Basically I had food poisoning and for the last two days have been very ill — after practice today I was ill again,” Niland said.
“I’ve been feeling pretty rotten for a couple of days and basically it was bad timing. The timing seems pretty cruel to me. I’ve been a couple of years without getting any sort of food poisoning and to get it two days before the biggest match of my career seems pretty weird.”
Djokovic moves on to play either Pere Riba or Carlos Berlocq.