Australian Open 2023: Djokovic’s complaint: “Only my injuries are questioned, others are victims…” | Sports

Before landing in Melbourne, where this Wednesday he will face Andrei Rublev in the quarterfinals, Novak Djokovic suffered a muscular mishap in his left thigh in the Adelaide tournament that hindered his takeoff in the tournament and now, he says, he is progressing favorably . “The signs are good, but we are not going to celebrate anything yet. We are going to see how I feel tomorrow and we will evaluate if I should continue without training on days off”, the man from Belgrade expressed to his country’s special envoys, after reducing Alex de Miñaur with the sufficiency that he had lacked in the two previous rounds, against Enzo Couacaud and Grigor Dimitrov.

During that chat with the Serbian reporters, Djokovic, 35, a 21-time champion, also exploded. He says he is tired of the veracity of his injuries being questioned and sent a strong message to those who doubt him. “He left the doubts to those people, let them doubt,” he said in a statement collected by the portal Tennis Majors.

“Only my injuries are in question. When other players get injured, they are the victims, but when it’s me, I’m faking it. It’s very interesting… I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anyone”, continued the Balkan, who two years ago experienced a similar situation in his approach to the great Australian, who was touched and who ended up winning for the ninth time. Specifically, the tennis player had suffered a muscle tear “in the abdominal oblique muscle” during the third round of the tournament, against Taylor Fritz.

“I know that there has been a lot of speculation, people who wondered how I was able to recover so quickly and who believe that it is impossible to do something like this… Each one has their own opinion, but I think it has been unfair,” he lamented then, in a extended speech by his coach, Goran Ivanisevic. “He is always attacked, it is all his fault: ‘we are going to attack Novak,’ added the 2001 Wimbledon champion.

Now, Djokovic returns to regret that some voices mistrust and slip that he is faking. “I have the MRI, ultrasound and everything else, both from two years ago and now. If I will publish it in my documentary [sobre su carrera y su vida, en proceso de grabación] or on social networks will depend on how I feel. It may do it, it may not ”, exposes the player who holds the record for weeks (373) as number one, located three steps away from equaling the all-time record of majors (22) that Rafael Nadal wears today, dropped last week.

“Right now I don’t care what people think or say. It’s fun, it’s interesting to see how the narrative around me continues, a narrative that is different compared to other players who have been through a similar situation. But I’m used to it, and that gives me more strength and motivation. So I thank you for that ”, concluded the Serb, who unlike the previous days, in his last appearance he did not offer significant signs that pain affected him. However, he continued to compete with his thigh wrapped in a bandage.


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The Russian Karen Khachanov became the first semifinalist on Tuesday due to the abandonment of Sebastian Korda. The 22-year-old American strained his right wrist midway through the second set and although he tried to stay on track, he had to retire in the third. By then, the Muscovite was already leading the score 7-6(5), 6-3 and 3-0. At the next station he will meet the winner of the duel between the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Czech Jiri Lehecka.

In the women’s draw, the reliability of Elena Rybakina prevailed over the power of Jelena Ostapenko. The last Wimbledon champion (6-2 and 6-4 in her favour) will face the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who beat Jessica Pegula (6-4 and 6-1) and returns to the penultimate round in Melbourne one decade later; then at the top of rankingthe Minsk player revalidated the title.

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