Novak Djokovic qualified for the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday, despite abdominal pain. And he said he was “ready to accept” all the physical consequences to try to go as far as possible in this first Major of the year.
The mystery remains unsolved. Quick to announce with seriousness an abdominal muscle tear, which is ultimately not one, after his third round match against Taylor Fritz, Novak Djokovic, now that he knows the real seriousness of his injury, does not want to talk about it anymore. “I understand that you want to know, but I do not want to dwell on the subject, he said after a success mastered in four sets (7-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4) against Canadian bomber Milos Raonic. Yes I did an MRI, did it all, I know what it is, but I don’t want to talk about it now. I’m still in the tournament, I hope you understand it. “
“I don’t want to speculate too much about this,” he dared. The Serb said he was “ready to accept” all the physical consequences to try to go as far as possible in this first Major of the year, knowing that the injury could very well worsen. At 33, the Serbian is more than ever obsessed with his quest for the record for major titles co-held by his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. And to achieve this, he would be ready to mortgage everything, even his own health? Djokovic confirmed that for several hours before the meeting against Raonic, he was not sure he could hold his place on court in Melbourne.
Djokovic: “I hope it will evolve in the right direction”
“If it hadn’t been a Grand Slam tournament, I certainly wouldn’t play. But it’s a Grand Slam and so it matters a lot to me at this point in my career,” he told the press. I tried to use every hour possible to recover and at least give myself a little chance to get a foothold on the pitch. ” Against the German Alexander Zverev, in the quarter-finals, the pain could become unbearable in the exchange, but that does not seem to worry the Serbian too much.
“No. I have to accept what is happening to me and it will probably be necessary that I adjust my game and my positioning on the court according to my opponent, he explained. Against Sasha (Zverev), there will certainly be No more long exchanges, grueling exchanges. He moves well but he also has one of the best services. He is very complete. The evolution of my physical state between now and the first point against Sasha is by the grace of God. just hope it goes in the right direction and maybe 10% better than it is today. If so, I think I have my chance. “