The 21-year-old Serb, who was runner-up here in New York last year, had been cruising through his first-round match against the French veteran Arnaud Clement when the accident happened. But after having the ankle strapped he picked up where he left off to complete a comfortable victory without further mishap, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Djokovic is well known for his impersonations of other players and cynics might have suggested he was merely mimicking the accident-prone Briton Andy Murray, who, as it happens, plays with one ankle permanently strapped. But the injury was real enough, if not too serious.
“It’s okay,” he said. “It’s going to be good in two days, I’m sure (when he plays the American Robert Kendrick). After that happened, I was thinking more of it than I was really actually feeling the pain, so it’s not really a big deal. But in that certain moment, I felt big pain, so I just had to tape the ankle. But it’s going to be alright.”
“I wasn’t going for him,” said Roddick. “I’m not going to go for someone up 6-2, 6-2, 5-2. It was a bad miss, but a miss that I hit very hard. I was really excited about the way I was playing, and then, to kind of end it like that, it was a little, I guess, disappointing.”
Roddick could be in for a taste of his own medicine in the next round when he faces the big-hitting Latvian Ernests Gulbis.