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Djokovic remains mysterious about his physical condition

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 8, 2020

After the qualification of Novak Djokovic for the semi-finals at Roland Garros in four sets against Pablo Carreno Busta, the journalists’ questions obviously focused on the Serbian’s state of health. Appeared decreased during a set, the world number one did not want to dwell too much on his physical problems: “Things happened during the warm-up. I had to deal with these physical problems when I arrived in the field. As the match progressed, I felt better and better and I didn’t have so much pain (…) I had neck and shoulder problems. I don’t want to go into so much detail. I’m still in the tournament so I don’t want to say too much. I feel perfectly good “As often in these cases, Djokovic was especially keen to value the quality of his opponent in this meeting:” I do not want to take anything away from his excellent performance, especially during a set and a half, he was a better player than me. He dictated the game. I had no solution. I had no energy in my legs, the movement and the game itself. It took me a set and a half to feel comfortable and really start playing the tennis I wanted to play. “

“A very difficult challenge” against Tsitsipas

It is now time for Djokovic to project himself on Stefanos Tsitsipas, his next opponent whom he has never faced in Grand Slam: “He is one of the best players in the world. He plays the tennis of his life. In the last twelve months he won the Masters. It is very consistent in its results on all surfaces. His game is complete. He’s a great player. His serve and forehand are weapons. He puts a lot of effect on his backhand. He comes to the net. He can play aggressively and defend well because he moves so well. He’s really a very complete player. I think he’s one of the hardest-working players. I expect a very difficult challenge for both of us. “