Novak Djokovic suffers from an injury on the eve of the Australian Open
Djokovic is in contention for a 10th Australian Open title when the tournament begins next week.
But he pulled out of his exhibition match against Daniil Medvedev after just one set today due to an injury which first erupted at the Adelaide International last week.
The 35-year-old needed medical time-outs and continued on-field treatment for his left leg. He was expected to play 75 minutes but pulled out after losing the first set 6-4 to his Russian rival in just 36 minutes.
The injury setback casts doubt on his full fitness for Monday’s Australian Open, the draw for which takes place in Melbourne tomorrow.
The problem for the 21-time Grand Slam champion first arose when he also played against Medvedev in the semi-finals of the Adelaide International last week.
He needed medical attention at the time, but he recovered to win the duets semi-final in straight sets before claiming the title with a narrow three-set victory over Seb Korda.
After his withdrawal today, Djokovic was replaced on the pitch by the Spaniard Pablo Andujar to face Medvedev.
As well as the Australian Open, Serbian Djokovic is also set to face Nick Kyrgios in an exhibition match on Friday, with the nearly 15,000-seat venue selling out in less than an hour when tickets went on sale. on sale a few days ago.
Djokovic has been given a warm welcome on his return to Australian soil after his exit controversy 12 months ago.
He had arrived Down Under in the belief that he could circumvent strict Covid rules, despite not being vaccinated against it, having recently had the virus.
A long and acrimonious court case saw him lose his right to remain on Australian soil to compete in the Australian Open, which also amounted to a three-year ban from the country.
This was later canceled and he was given the green light to return to Australia in preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.
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