Novak Djokovic will need to get away from the courts for a while to address a muscle strain that has hindered him in the last rounds of the Australian Open, the Serbian tennis player announced as he celebrated his ninth title at Melbourne Park on Monday (22).
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The 33-year-old tennis player expanded his own record yesterday (21), with an emphatic 7-5, 6-2 and 6-2 victory over Daniil Medvedev at the Rod Laver Arena, despite being dealing with the injury suffered in the third stage of the tournament.
While parading the trophy on Brighton Beach, a suburb of Melbourne, Djokovic said a second scan of his abdomen revealed that he aggravated the injury by continuing to play.
“I just came back from another CT scan I did this morning, and the damage is greater than it was when it happened, when I did the first CT scan after the third round,” he told reporters. “It’s not too bad, from what the doctor said, but I will need to get away for a while and heal. The stretch is bigger.”
The injury was not Djokovic’s only problem in Australia. World number one angered some residents by presenting organizers with suggestions on how players’ quarantine conditions could be improved.
But the ups and downs of what he described as the “roller coaster” of a trip to the country made winning his 18th Grand Slam trophy even more enjoyable and “a unique journey,” he said.