World number one Novak Djokovic grabbed the Japan Open Sunday, dispelling any concerns about his shoulder injury that pulled him out of the US Open.
Top-ranked Djokovic, who is attempting to win a title on his tournament debut for the 10th time, needed just 50 minutes at Ariake Colosseum to dispatch the fifth-seeded Pouille 6-1, 6-2 and set up a semifinal with either Hyeon Chung or David Goffin, who won here in 2017.
Goffin, who beat Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2), is the only former champion in the draw. He has made the final in both of his previous appearances, losing to Nick Kyrgios in the 2016 final before defeating Adrian Mannarino for the title in 2017.
Japan Open 2019: Novak Djokovic to compete after 'training without pain' as he continues to recover from shoulder injury
Earlier this month, Djokovic was forced to pull out of his US Open fourth round clash with three-time Slam winner Stan Wawrinka due to a nagging injury in his left shoulder.
Top Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has withdrawn from the Thailand Open but compatriot Saina Nehwal will return to the circuit in the BWF Super 500 event after missing out back-to-back tournaments.
Thailand Open: PV Sindhu leads India's charge in quest to break title duck; Saina Nehwal aims successful return from injury
Seeded fourth, Sindhu will open her women's singles campaign against unseeded Chinese Han Yue, whom she easily overcame in the first round of Japan Open.
Japan Open 2019: Kento Momota proves too strong for Sai Praneeth; Akane Yamaguchi lays Chen Yufei low
The 24-year-old Momota, who has already won four titles in 2019, proved too strong and agile for Praneeth, and ticked quite a few boxes in his preparations for defending in Basel next month the world crown he had won last year in Nanjing.
Japan Open 2019: PV Sindhu beats Japan's Aya Ohori to reach quarter-finals, HS Prannoy bows out in second-round
Sindhu recovered well after losing the first game to win her match against Ohori while B Sai Praneeth brushed past Japan's Kanta Tsuneyama to reach quarters
Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy moved into the second round of Japan Open with contrasting wins over their respective rivals in the women's and men's singles events at Tokyo on Wednesday.
Japan Open 2019: HS Prannoy trumps Kidambi Srikanth in opening round; doubles pair N Sikki Reddy-Pranaav Chopra exit
Srikanth was able to win the first set 21-13, but he conceded the next two sets, allowing Prannoy to win the match.
Japan Open 2019: Sai Praneeth downs Kenta Nishimoto to storm into second round; Satwiksairak Rankreddy-Ashwini Ponnappa pair progresses
The unseeded Sai Praneeth recorded a comfortable 21-17 21-13 win over world No 10 Kenta Nishimoto in just 42 minutes at the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament.
Japan Open 2019: PV Sindhu looks to bounce back quickly after deflating loss in Indonesia Open final, Saina Nehwal to return to action
PV Sindhu missed an opportunity to break a seven-month title drought when she lost in straight games to Akane Yamaguchi in Indonesia Open final and the Indian will look to go the full distance when she opens against China's Han Yue here.
Star shuttler PV Sindhu hopeful of reviving sagging fortunes at Indonesia Open and other upcoming events
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu Thursday admitted that her season so far has not been "great" but expressed hope of turning the tide in the upcoming events, beginning with Indonesia Open from 16 July.
World Tour Finals 2018: PV Sindhu overcame the final hurdle at the right moment, says Carolina Marin
Carolina Marin was left in awe of PV Sindhu's patient display at the World Tour finals and the fine form that propelled the Indian to finally break the jinx at the top level
Japan Open: Daniil Medvedev's metronomic efficiency stands out as he coasts to third title of the year
Medvedev has shown this year, admittedly in fits and bursts, that his seemingly unremarkable game can yield remarkable results, and that he is ready to graduate from the NextGen class.
Japan Open: Daniil Medvedev defeats local favourite Kei Nishikori in shock straight sets victory to claim title
Daniil Medvedev got in the way of 'destiny' as he upstaged local favourite Kei Nishikori to win the Japan Open, despite being ranked several places below his opponent.
Japan Open: Two-time winnner Kei Nishikori makes light work of eighth seed Richard Gasquet to reach final
Two-time champion Kei Nishikori swatted aside eighth seed Richard Gasquet with very little fuss on Saturday, beating the Frenchman in straight sets to reach the Japan Open final.
Japan Open: Two-time winner Kei Nishikori beats fifth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to reach semi-finals
Local favourite Kei Nishikori stormed into the Japan Open finals by comprehensively beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-3.
Japan Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas battles past Alex de Minaur to set-up quarter-final clash with Kei Nishikori
Tsitsipas will face local hero Kei Nishikori for a place in the last four after the fifth seed came through an absorbing contest in two hours and 20 minutes.
Japan Open: Local hero Kei Nishikori cruises past Benoit Paire; Nick Kyrgios, Kevin Anderson through to round of 16
Nishikori completed a 6-3, 7-5 victory despite late resistance from Paire to avenge a semi-final defeat inflicted by the Frenchman in Tokyo three years ago.