Novak Djokovic, who made history on Sunday by winning his ninth Australian Open title, could face an extended time due to a tear in his abdominal muscles. The Serbs picked up the injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz, but eventually fought through the pain to lift the trophy.
Djokovic was in trouble appearing during the match against Fritz, and his movement also served little in the fourth-round win over Milos Raonic. After the finals, the Serbs revealed that the tear continued to grow in size as the week progressed.
“It was huge when I did the first MRI after the third MRI,” Djokovic said. It’s not too bad, given what the doctors said, but I need to take some time to heal. “
“The tear is big,” he said. “It’s 2.5 cm … It started at 1.7[cm]”
To put things in context, Rafael Nadal had a 2.6 cm tear at the 2009 US Open, where he was largely in the semi by Juan Martin del Potro. Nadal recently said that he regrets playing at the time due to his injury.
Novak Djokovic was on the verge of withdrawing from Australian Open
Novak Djokovic repeated himself on Sunday that he did not think it was ‘realistic’ for him to continue playing the tournament.
“I was quite worried,” Djokovic said. “[It] Didn’t seem realistic that I could actually play. I did not know until two hours before the fourth round match. “
But Novak Djokovic continued to show on the court, winning four matches heroically after the tear. The Serb knew that he could make the injury worse by playing, but he did not want to give up because it was a grand slam.
The 33-year-old said, “Did I know for a fact that I’m going to possibly do more harm and reduce the risk of this injury? Yes, I knew about it.” It is going to be here and it is going to be any major competition, where I will risk a bad injury or loss to give myself a chance to get away in the tournament. “
Although Novak Djokovic’s decision to play has brought another trophy to his cabinet, it will take him some time to recover from the loss.
Published 22 February 2021 at 12:18 pm