World number one player Novak Djokovic rested for a full day and still left the possibility of playing against Milos Raonic in the fourth round of the Australian Open on February 14.
* Djokovic – Raonic: around 16:30 on February 14, Hanoi time.
Djokovic removed himself from his training list at Melbourne Park on Saturday, and went to check for his abdominal wound. Australian media said that the number one player in the world only decided to play with Raonic after the results of the screening were available. The “Nole” team declined to comment.
Djokovic is also facilitated by the organizers, when he is scheduled to fight the latest on Rod Laver today. “We’ll wait and see,” said Craig Tiley, Managing Director of Australia Open Channel 9. “We’ll meet him. He’s very resilient and strong. This is Djokovic’s field, he is comfortable playing here.”
Reporter Jose Morgado’s ESPN also confirmed Djokovic was out on full Saturday, while his team replied that they are unsure if Djokovic’s fitness will guarantee the match against Raonic.
After defeating Taylor Fritz in the third round, Djokovic left the opportunity to continue playing in the Australian Open because of a torn abdominal muscle after an attempt to save the ball. After the fall, “Nole” was unable to move and rotate normally, resulting in a third and fourth set defeat to Fritz. But the number one player in the world returned and won 6-2 in the fifth set, to continue his journey to conquer the ninth title in Melbourne.
Raonic has lost 11 times to meet Djokovic before, including the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2020. The current state of instability of “Nole” can provide opportunities for Canadian opponents – who own the serves and favorable powerful hand.