Novak Djokovic injured his left hamstring shortly before the start of the Australian Open. The Serbian champion still won the title in Adelaide, but he did not show up in Melbourne in perfect condition. The former world number 1, seeking his tenth ‘Down Under’ label, struggled in the first three rounds of the Happy Slam, then unleashed a screaming performance against Alex de Minaur in the round of 16.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade easily got rid of the owner, who was largely powerless in front of him. The next obstacle in Nole’s way is the name of Andrey Rublev, who surprisingly eliminated Holger Rune.
It goes without saying that ‘Djoker’ is the great favorite to win the title, even more so after the eliminations of Rafa Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. In a lengthy interview with Wide World of Sports, Australian legend Todd Woodbridge questioned the extent of Djokovic’s left leg injury.
Woodbridge reflects on Djokovic’s injury
«It seems a bit iffy between points, but once Novak Djokovic starts running, there’s absolutely no problem with the way he moves. I’m not saying it’s game, it’s pretty obvious he has a bit of discomfort, but at Sometimes it looks like he’s about to break, so he’s playing well here and there, but you know, that’s Novak,» Woodbridge told Wide World of Sports.
«Novak uses that kind of energy to focus, to shoot and we’ve seen him use the crowd the same way a few times. And that’s how he does it and we’ve been watching it for a long time.» he opined he. Novak Djokovic’s former coach and German tennis great Boris Becker came to his defense: «Sometimes you think he is lying or he can’t finish the game,» Boris Becker told Eurosport.
«It’s a bit of heaven and hell. That also makes it difficult for the opponent. But Novak wouldn’t behave like that if he didn’t have anything. I’ve known him for a long time and I know he has thigh problems,» the German stated.
«Novak is now going for the fast points,» Becker said. «That starts with the serve, because he is also taking more risks in the second. In the rallies he tried to dominate with his forehand. It was an interesting match, with ups and downs. Dimitrov had what it took to beat Djokovic, but he was better at decisive moments,» he added.