Novak Djokovic managed to do what some, perhaps placing too many hopes in Daniil Medvedev’s absolute value or underestimating the weapons of the strongest player in the history of this tournament, considered a little less likely than in recent years.
Winning the Australian Open, for the ninth time in my career, In the first few bars the theme of the injury suffered in the third round match with Fritz emerges immediately, which made this triumph even more meaningful. Nole will clarify his point of view a few questions later, rather firmly, confirming the diagnosis he had anticipated at the end of that game.
“It is a tear in the oblique muscle of the abdomen (it does not specify whether internal or external, two different muscles, ed). I heard it as soon as it happened against Fritz and that’s what I said in the post-match interview.
I went to intuition, but I thought that because of the snap and how I felt right after. I was worried and didn’t seem able to play. I had no idea until two hours before the round of 16, when I went out and played tennis for the first time after the third round.
I felt ok, the pain was bearable and I accepted that I had to play with the pain. In professional sport it is often played with pain, but this was a different pain, resulting from an injury rather than a sore. Was I aware that I could make things worse? Yes, I knew it.
As I said before, if I have to choose a tournament in which to risk a more serious injury in order to have a chance to win, this is it. Of course I didn’t do it all by myself, my team and my physiotherapist did an amazing job.
Thank God I was able to do what I did.” Novak Djokovic has become the first man in history to win the Australian Open nine times. He is now just two shy of the record of 20 Majors, which is jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic claims that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal inspire him
“Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal inspire me. That’s something that I’ve said before, I’ll say it again. I think as long as they go, I’ll go,” Novak Djokovic said.
“In a way it’s like a race [of] who plays tennis more, I guess, and who wins more. It’s a competition between us in all areas. But I think that’s the very reason why we are who we are, because we do drive each other, we motivate each other, we push each other to the limit.”