Australian Open 2021: “I can get doctors to confirm it” – Novak Djokovic hits back at those who questioned his injury

Novak Djokovic suffered from an abdominal injury from the third round but was able to win the Australian Open 2021.

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Novak Djokovic continued his stunning dominance at the Australian Open as he eased to a comfortable win over Daniil Medvedev in the final to get his hands on his ninth title at the Open. The world no. 1 was in complete control over his Russian opponent as Medvedev seemed to have no clue right from the second set onwards. The final score read 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 showing utter dominance on the part of the Serb.

What was even more remarkable about the win was that Djokovic was carrying an abdominal injury right from the third round onwards. He picked up the injury during his five-set thriller against Taylor Fritz where he had to take a medical timeout. Despite the injury being a ‘muscle tear’, Djokovic was able to come up trumps and etch his name in history with a whopping ninth title.

Novak Djokovic talks of his injury

Novak Djokovic talked about his victory and how satisfying it felt to Nine and said, “Emotionally (this) was one of hardest tournaments I had, to be honest, with quarantine and a lot of things happening in the media. The letter that I wrote, ideas and recommendations that I got from players was misinterpreted as my request and list of demands. Then the next thing you know within a couple of days I’m persona non grata in this country.”

He then spoke of his injury saying, “I got injured in the third round. It was a rollercoaster ride if I can define it in one word. I think it makes it even sweeter for me. I wanted to keep things quiet and clear for me in terms of talking about the injury or any other stuff. Just keeping it to tennis. Once the tournament is done, I mean, (I can say) it’s a muscle tear. It was a muscle tear at that point. I don’t think I’ve experienced that kind of a snap that I have in the third round. I went to MRI. MRI has shown a tear.”

Djokovic then spoke about how his injury was questioned and said, “People questioned that. I can get the doctors and physios to confirm that. For me, it was a huge obstacle and challenge. I haven’t practised with the days between the matches. The good thing is I actually had the day between every match because that gave me more time to heal.”

He finally spoke about his recovery saying, “I spent probably out of, I don’t know, 14 waking hours, I spent 10 hours on the table and doing everything I possibly can. It worked. I owe great gratitude to my physio putting in a lot of hours and knowledge and know-how. I guess we’re all different. I have maybe a great ability to heal. I don’t know, I just managed somehow with pills and pain-killers and stuff. At the end of the day, it was a great experience for me. I will definitely learn some great lessons.”

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