Novak Djokovic continues a solid run at the Australian Open. The Serbian reached the quarterfinals of the first Grand Slam of the season on Monday after a brilliant victory over Alex de Minaur (6-2, 6-1, 6-2) that put aside the physical problems suffered in the previous rounds.
And it is the nine-time champion in Melbourne who has had to be attended by doctors and physios several times in recent daysand even against Dimitrov in the third round he seemed on more than one occasion on the verge of retirement.
All of this has led some to doubt whether the problems he is suffering from are as serious as the player claims, who in a press conference took issue with such accusations.
“To those who doubt, doubt. I’m only talking about injuries. When other players are injured, they are victims, but if it’s me, I fake it.. It is very interesting, although I don’t feel that I have to prove anything to anyone,” he lamented after exposing himself to De Miñaur.
He has spoken about this controversy in recent times Toni Nadal, who made it clear that he does not doubt him, but it is understood that there are doubts.
“I am well aware that there is some controversy. I’m not very susceptible, but I understand that the “other” Djokovic is referring to is referring to Rafaelthe only “other” injured tennis player among the contenders for the title” he wrote in his weekly column for the newspaper ‘El País’.
“For many years we have seen injuries, both in the case of my nephew and in the case of other players, that have had an immediate effect on the games of many players, preventing them from finishing them, Therefore, it should not surprise Novak that he doubts him after his excellent performances against Dimitrov and De Miñaurboth based on the same quality as before, both in the movement on the court and in the effectiveness of the blows” he continued, to conclude that, for him, the Serbian is the great favorite for the title.
“At other times we have seen him suffer from various types of illness and it did not stop him from becoming a champion. I don’t question the reality of his problems, but if they don’t get worse, I don’t think they will prevent him from performing at a high level and maybe the one who lifts the trophy next Sunday.”.
Source: La Verdad
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