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Australian Open 2021: File-breaking Novak Djokovic faces sideline spell with muscle tear


Novak Djokovic might want to spend a while on the sidelines recovering from a muscle tear that hindered him within the later rounds of the Australian Open, the Serbian mentioned as he celebrated his ninth Melbourne Park title on Monday. The 33-year-old prolonged his personal report with an emphatic 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Daniil Medvedev at Rod Laver Area on Sunday (February 21), regardless of carrying the harm suffered within the third spherical of the match.

Djokovic equalled Rafa Nadal’s Open Period report of six Grand Slam title runs after turning 30. The World No. 1 turned 30 in Might 2017 and has since received main championship crowns on the Australian Open (2019-’21), Wimbledon (2018-’19) and the US Open (2018).

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The Serbian prolonged his all-time greatest report of profitable the Australian Open. Djokovic now personal 9 title in Australia whereas Roy Emerson and Roger Federer are tied in second place with six titles every. The 2021 Australian Open champion now has 18 profession Grand Slam titles, second behind Federer and Nadal’s 20 titles every.

Parading his trophy on the seashore within the Melbourne suburb of Brighton on Monday, Djokovic mentioned a second scan of his stomach had revealed he had made the harm worse by enjoying on.

“I simply got here truly got here from one other MRI that I’ve carried out this morning and the harm is greater than what it was when it occurred, after I did the primary MRI after the third spherical,” he informed reporters. “It’s not too unhealthy judging by what physician mentioned however I`ll should take a while off and heal. The tear is greater.”

The harm was not the one situation Djokovic needed to deal with throughout his time in Australia. The world primary riled some locals when he submitted options to organisers over how quarantine situations for gamers may very well be improved.

The ups and downs of what he described as a ‘rollercoaster’ of a visit Down Below had made his 18th Grand Slam title triumph all of the extra satisfying.

“I replicate on it as an important expertise, and a novel journey, and I’d undoubtedly bear in mind and attempt to take out a number of positives from it,” he mentioned.

“I’ve discovered a number of classes, and discovered a number of issues, about myself and about every part that was occurring within the final 5 to 6 weeks, however I believe that every part that was taking place on and off the courtroom makes this victory even higher and even sweeter.”

Djokovic mentioned he had celebrated his triumph by calling his household again dwelling in Serbia and sitting down for a meal capped off with a cake.

“I used to go wild and go to discotheques and nightclubs and god is aware of what, and now it’s a bit totally different,” he mentioned. “A special type of celebration, extra of a house a celebration with household and shut individuals.”

(with Reuters inputs)

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