Defending champion Novak Djokovic on Monday suddenly pulled the plug on next week’s Cincinnati Masters with a convoluted social media post.

The Serb whose Olympics ended in a meltdown on court and without a medal of any colour, told fans he would not show up at the Midwest event which starts on Sunday.

Cincinnati is the last major tuneup prior to the August 30 start of the US open.

“Dear fans, I wanted to share with you that I am taking a bit longer to recover and recuperate after quite a taxing journey from Australia (sic) to Tokyo.

“Sadly, that means I won’t be ready to compete in Cincinnati this year so I’ll turn my focus and attention to (the) US Open and spend some more time with family. See you in New York soon!”

Djokovic joins Roger Federer in pulling out, leaving fellow Big 3 player Rafael Nadal still in the mix so far.

Five former champions remain: Andy Murray (2011, 2008), Daniil Medvedev (2019), Grigor Dimitrov (2017), Marin Cilic (2016) and Rafael Nadal (2013). 


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