Australian Open: Injured Novak Djokovic skips practice, waits for result of scans


World primary Novak Djokovic skipped follow on Saturday after struggling what he described as a “muscle tear” because the wait continued over the defending Australian Open champion’s capability to contest his fourth spherical match.

The 33-year-old, a file eight-time winner on the Melbourne Park Arena, slipped in the course of the third set of Friday’s third-round match in opposition to Taylor Fritz and disappeared off Rod Laver Arena for therapy.

The Serbian, who stated he was positive it was a muscle tear on his proper aspect, required additional consideration on the harm in the course of the third set earlier than he went on to script a five-set win and arrange a conflict in opposition to Milos Raonic on Sunday.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner was not sure he would have the ability to get better from his harm and was lacking from Saturday’s official coaching record at Melbourne Park.

Reports stated Djokovic will endure scans on Saturday earlier than a choice on his title defence might be taken.

Djokovic’s staff didn’t instantly reply to request for touch upon the experiences.

The Serbian was allowed the utmost time doable to get better by the organisers and his match in opposition to Canadian Raonic was listed as the ultimate match of Sunday night on Rod Laver Arena.

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Australian Open Chief Executive Craig Tiley was, nonetheless, assured that the Serbian will have the ability to overcome his harm and compete on Sunday.

“We’ll see him. He’s resilient, he’s tough,” Tiley instructed Australian broadcaster Channel Nine.

“He’ll get up right now and he’ll work out what it’s and he’ll go and get the suitable therapy. The approach he was, these two units, I used to be fairly stunned.

“But I’ve seen him play here, this is his court, he gets comfortable on it and he just picks his game up and up and he’s that good.”


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