Australian Open 2021: World No.1 Novak Djokovic is awaiting his scan reports, after he suffered a ‘muscle tear’, and has skipped practice on Saturday, ahead of his fourth-round match.
Novak Djokovic suffered a muscle tear during his 3rd round match on Friday. (Reuters Photo)
- Novak Djokovic has skipped practice, on Saturday, at the Melbourne Park
- Djokovic suffered from a ‘muscle tear’ on Friday during his 3rd round match
- Australian Open Chief Executive Craig Tiley is confident that Djokovic will play on Sunday
The reigning champion of the Australian Open 2020, Novak Djokovic has skipped practice on Saturday after suffering what the World No.1 described as a “muscle tear”. Djokovic’s ability to contest his fourth-round match, to be played on Sunday against Canadian 14th seed Milos Raonic, will depend on the scan results.
The eight-time Australian Open Champion incurred the injury when he slipped during the third set of his third-round match against America’s Taylor Fritz, on Friday, and had immediately sought medical treatment.
The 33-year-old Serbian described it as a muscle tear on his right side and will require further medical attention on the injury suffered on Friday. Djokovic, however, went on to win a five-setter against the young American counterpart.
Djokovic was not certain he would be able to recover from his injury and was missing from Saturday’s official training list at Melbourne Park. According to reports, Djokovic will undergo scans on Saturday before a decision on his title defence will be taken.
While Djokovic has refrained from any comments, Australian Open Chief Executive Craig Tiley is confident that the 17-time Grand Slam winner will be able to overcome his injury and compete in his 4th round match at the Melbourne Park 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,” Tiley told Australian broadcaster Channel Nine.
“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.”