Novak Djokovic admits the affected mood when the press suspects he faked an injury at the 2021 Australian Open.
* Djokovic – Zverev: around 16:30 on February 16, Hanoi time.
“I understand people want to know about my injury, but I really don’t want to go into details,” said Djokovic after his fourth round win over Milos Raonic on Feb. 14. “I took magnetic resonance imaging, did everything. I know the injury well, but I don’t want to talk about it anymore, because I’m still in the tournament.”
Speaking with the implication of undisclosed injury, Djokovic suffered from the media and the audience suspects he faked the injury in the third round victory over Taylor Fritz and before the match against Raonic. Previously, Djokovic said that he had torn his abs after a save attempt against Fritz, and did not practice before the game against Raonic to take time to recover.
“I can only control what I’m doing, not what other people write about me, or how they judge or criticize me,” added the number one player in the world. “After all, it depends on them and not me, I cannot influence. But no one in the media can break my spirit, because of my connection to the soul. and a deeper sense of public criticism. I know who I am, where and where I’m headed. “
Winning Raonic in the fourth round, Djokovic became the second person to reach the 300 Grand Slam, after Roger Federer. Last year, Federer was praised for overcoming Tennys Sandgren in the quarter-finals despite injury. Nadal is appreciated for his energy when he overcame a back injury to enter the quarterfinals this year without losing a set. Djokovic, when asked about the media discrimination between him, Nadal and Federer, failed to hide his disappointment.
“If we discuss this, the controversy will not end today,” he told Serbian press. “The injustice of the media affects me. I am human too, have emotions and of course I don’t like it.”
Djokovic says he is still using every hour to recover. In the match against Raonic, the world’s number one player needed “medicine, treatment and will” to win, according to him. “If it wasn’t a Grand Slam, I would have withdrawn,” said Djokovic. “But this is the Grand Slam. It’s very important to me at this stage in my career. I want to do everything I can in this short time to get on the field.”
Djokovic will meet number six seed Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals today February 16. Before that, in the morning, Grigor Dimitrov will meet the Russian phenomenon Aslan Karatsev. In the women’s singles, Naomi Osaka met Hsieh Su-wei in the earliest match at Rod Laver, at 8:30 am, Hanoi time. At 15:00, Serena Williams confronted Simona Halep in the battle of two former world number one.