The best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, defeated Milos Raonic with 3: 1 in the 4th round of the Australian Open and scheduled a duel with Aleksandar Zverev.
After the match, Novak revealed how he felt during the match and in what condition his injury was.
– I feel good enough to compete and play. I wouldn’t be here talking to you if I wasn’t in a state that was enough for me to go out to compete. Not ideal. I felt better in some situations. I didn’t have much preparation for this match. I haven’t hit the ball since the match with Fritz. I warmed up before this match and I wanted to see how I felt. There was a big cloud of doubt above me and I wouldn’t have played if I hadn’t been able to. This Grand Slam means to me and I do my best. If there was any other tournament I would not play this match.
Djokovic also pointed out that it suited him that he did not play long points with Raonic during the match.
– To be honest, I’m not sure if it suited me that we didn’t play long points. Probably is. The hardest thing for me in the match against Fritz was to return and have a quick reaction. I knew I was playing today against the best server in the world. The fact that we didn’t play long points also suited me. He gave me a chance to win and I used it. Now it all comes down to recovery in my head. I just want to try to feel better and better as the tournament goes on. I am currently under strong painkillers for the last 48 hours, and I do not know what damage has been done to my body. I am an aggressive tennis player when it comes to movement, I slip a lot, and this injury does not help.
Journalists also asked Novak when he would go to bed due to too many obligations, as well as recovery.
– The other night I went to bed at 4:30 in the morning, I don’t think it will be any different tonight. For the next 48 hours, my priority is to try to recover and gather energy for the next match.
Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.
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