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Djokovic faces a sideline spell with muscle tear after the sweet success

‘It hurts. I’m a human being’ Statement from Djokovic

Novak Djokovic responded on Sunday to his critics who accuse him of pretending to have an abdominal injury at the Australian Open. After his final victory, the Serbian explained that he made things worse during the tournament.

Cinema for some, not the behavior of a champion for others. The ninth coronation of Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open after a final dispatched against Daniil Medvedev (7-5, 6-2, 6-2) aroused many reactions. The Serb is notably accused of having overestimated the severity of his abdominal injury. Critics unfounded according to the world number one.

“People doubt me all the time. Some will always doubt. It’s ok, they will question everything I say or do, regretted the man with 18 Grand Slam titles after his demonstration in Melbourne. We can not please everyone. I have feelings like everyone else and it is something to be criticized unfairly. But at the same time, I accept that everyone is entitled to their opinion. ”

Djokovic: “Rest and take care of myself”

Hit during his difficult third round against the American Taylor Fritz (7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2), Novak Djokovic even seemed close to the forfeit following failed training during the Australian fortnight. But as the tournament went on, the Serbian faced adversity and pain despite an injury that worsened.

“I had a new MRI this Monday morning which showed that the damage was a little more important than at the end of my third round against Taylor Fritz, explained the record holder for the number of coronations at the Open d. ‘Australia. Doctors say it’s not that bad, but I’m going to have to rest and take care of myself. ”

And “Nole” to conclude on the subject with a more factual element: “The tear has gone from 1.7 to 2.5 centimeters.” During the Australian Open, the work of the personal physiotherapist of 33-year-old Argentinian Ulises Badio did wonders. It was well worth the champion’s thanks after his title.

With his great victory on the Australian courts, Novak Djokovic consolidated his first place in the ATP ranking. He will now be able to take some rest before moving on to Dubai (March 7 to 20) and then to the Masters 1000 in Miami (March 24 to April 4). What to redo definitively heal his abdominal injury which has caused so much talk.

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