Australian Open 2021: Match boss Craig Tiley performs down fears of Novak Djokovic pulling out as a result of damage

Australian Open 2021: Match boss Craig Tiley performs down fears of Novak Djokovic pulling out as a result of damage

The ailing Serb in some way got here although an gruelling five-setter on Friday night time in opposition to Taylor Fritz, overcoming an stomach ‘muscle tear’ that forged doubt over whether or not he’ll have the ability to proceed.

Australian Open 2021: Tournament boss Craig Tiley plays down fears of Novak Djokovic pulling out due to injury

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic receives therapy throughout his third spherical match in opposition to United States’ Talyor Fritz. AP

Melbourne: Match boss Craig Tiley performed down fears Saturday that injured defending champion Novak Djokovic may pull out of the Australian Open, calling the world primary “resilient and hard”.

The ailing Serb in some way got here although an gruelling five-setter on Friday night time in opposition to Taylor Fritz, overcoming an stomach “muscle tear” that forged doubt over whether or not he’ll have the ability to proceed.

Djokovic stated he had “large ache” and solely a excessive dose of anti-inflammatories acquired him by the match 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, and now faces a race to be match for his fourth-round conflict with Milos Raonic on Sunday.

However Tiley stated he was assured Djokovic can be able to resume his hunt for an unprecedented ninth title.

“We’ll see him. He is resilient, he is powerful,” Tiley informed Australian broadcaster Channel 9.

“He’ll get up right now and he’ll work out what it’s and he’ll go and get the suitable therapy. The way in which he was, these two units, I used to be fairly shocked.

“However I’ve seen him play right here, that is his court docket, he will get snug on it and he simply picks his recreation up and up and he is that good.

“So his well being goes to be essential and we’ll decide in a while right now on when he performs tomorrow.”

The highest seed and sizzling match favorite gave the impression to be cruising in opposition to Fritz till he wanted a medical timeout early within the third set.

Djokovic consistently grimaced afterwards however managed to recuperate sufficiently with the assistance of the painkiller to put on down the big-serving American after 3hr 25min of attritional tennis.

“(The painkiller) did kick in finish of fourth, starting of the fifth after I really began to maneuver and I may really begin to rally with him from again of the court docket,” stated Djokovic.

“Till that second, it was solely serve for me and type of hoping and praying that I am gonna get a straightforward ball after my serve so I may simply go for it.”

Djokovic, who’s aiming for an 18th Grand Slam title, known as the damage “positively one thing severe” and stated he did not plan to coach on Saturday.

“I am coming right here to judge additional with physician and medical staff, and do some ultrasound and perceive what’s actually happening in order that the physician and medical staff can prescribe very best therapy,” he stated.

“And the one attainable therapy that I may even have the slightest likelihood to exit in lower than 48 hours,” he added.

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