Director of the Australian Open Craig Tiley reduces the concern over the defending champion Novak Djokovic’s injury. The 59-years-old South African also believes that the 33-years-old Serbian would be ready to claim his 9th title at the Melbourne Park.
On Friday, World No.1 Djokovic exhibited his mental and physical strength at Rod Laver Arena to defeat American Taylor Fritz in the gruelling five sets.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion mostly “felt a tear” during the third set beginning. As a result, Serb gave up the third and fourth sets to a 23-years-old tennis professional from California.
“[In the] beginning of the third set, I made this quick move on the return going to the forehand, rotating there, and I just felt a tear, I felt something happen [I] went out for a medical timeout where I was tested [and] evaluated. I have huge pain. I took the highest dose of anti-inflammatories possible,” the eight-time Aussie Open champion said in a post-match interview.
“Djokovic Is Resilient and Tough”, says Australian Open Boss Craig Tiley
Top seed Novak Djokovic will now face 14th seed Milos Raonic for a place at the quarterfinal on Sunday.
“We’ll see him. He’s resilient, he’s tough. He’ll wake up today, and he’ll figure out what it is, and he’ll go and get the appropriate treatment. The way he was, those two sets, I was pretty surprised,” Craig Tiley said in the channel nine interview.
Tournament chief continued, “But I’ve seen him play here, this is his court, he gets comfortable on it, and he picks his game up and up, and he’s that good. So his health is going to be important, and we’ll make a decision later today on when he plays tomorrow.”
However, we hope Djokovic will recover sooner and continue his campaign at this year Down Under major event.