‘I don’t know’: Novak Djokovic’s shock French Open injury admission

Novak Djokovic has suggested he may withdraw from the French Open after scoring a four-hour, 39-minute epic against Argentine Francisco Cerundolo in the fourth round of the French Open.

A limping Djokovic looked headed for a shock defeat when trailing 2-1 in sets and 4-2 down in the fourth set, but recovered from the abyss to delight the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd by winning 6-1 5-7 3-6 7-5 6-3.

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But all was not well for Djokovic, who was left furious with the conditions.

In the fifth set, after a fall, Djokovic targeted the referees, saying: “Great job from you guys. You know it better than us. It’s not slippery at all, it’s not dangerous at all! Well done, Supervisor and all. Staff from the surrounding area, well done.”

Djokovic said the court was slippery due to the dry conditions and he wished it had been swept.

The Serbian star said he criticized the referees after the match, revealing that he is not sure whether he will be able to play against Ruud in the next round.

“If a player feels a certain way, what else do we have to wait for for that to happen?” Djokovic said.

“Today I got injured, yes, I survived, I won the match, very well. But will I be able to play the next one? I do not know.

“I don’t know the severity of the injury, but could this injury have been prevented? Maybe if there was a little more attention from the court during the set. That’s all I asked for.”

Djokovic admitted he was dealing with a knee injury throughout the match, but said he tweaked it in the second set against 23rd seed Cerundolo.

He had been on a medical break at the time and had been taking anti-inflammatories, later adding that he was taking the maximum allowed.

Some fans were quick to question Djokovic’s injury claims, considering the Serb has won the Australian Open in recent years with a wrist injury, a hamstring strain and an abdominal strain.

But the 37-year-old said he was lucky to survive against the Argentine.

“I was maybe three or four points away from losing this match,” the defending champion said. “I’m not sure how I won this match.”

However, he reiterated that he is still not 100% sure whether he will be fit enough to play on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow or the day after if I can get on the pitch and play. I hope so. Let’s see what happens,” she said.

The victory was another slice of history as it broke Roger Federer’s record for most wins at a Grand Slam, surpassing the Swiss maestro with his 370th major win.

However, after two decades at the top and 24 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic has also started talking about ending his career.

After the match, Djokovic told Tennis Majors that it was tiring because he needed to “show up at my best every day in every practice, not to miss a round of treatments, and I have to constantly motivate myself.”

“After all these years and everything I’ve achieved, it’s not easy to get up every day with the same clarity and desire to do certain things for the millionth time,” admitted Djokovic.

“On the other hand, I really like all this, I enjoy it, it’s not a cliché, it’s a strong emotion, I’ve already told you.”

She added that to keep herself at the level she has had for so long, it was all about attitude and asking herself questions like: “do I want something, what is the purpose, what are the goals, do I really want it, or someone else.” he wants it and I follow him?”

“These are the questions that are running through my head more frequently than before,” he continued.

But these moments, these matches, are what my dreams are made of, they inspire me: five sets with opponents 10-15 years younger in the biggest stadiums in the world, and me proving that I still have what it takes, that I am still able to physically survive them. This is the kind of thing that keeps me going.

“When I feel like I can’t do it anymore, that will be the time to end it. But they’re back in the quarterfinals, after playing nine hours of tennis in two matches. I don’t want to stop.”

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