NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic was not interested in discussing in any detail why he needed a trainer to work on his right elbow during an otherwise matter-of-fact 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kyle Edmund on Sunday night that put the defending champion in the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 10th consecutive year.
Much as he did after having that same arm treated on Day 1 of the tournament — the last time he was forced to play a full match — Djokovic deflected questions about the elbow at his post-match news conference.
At one point, he said: “It was good. Everything was fine.”
Djokovic said he doesn’t have pain in the elbow. Later, when a reporter asked why he asked for the medical visit, Djokovic said with a smile, “I needed a little bit of a massage.”
He had competed for a total of only 31 minutes over the preceding five days because of injuries to his opponents in the second and third rounds.
“Obviously I haven’t…