It’s a question that had the gift of annoying him. And not just a little. While some questioned the veracity of his hamstring injury during the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic believed, after his victory in the round of 16 against Alex De Minaur, that “only his injuries were in question“.”When the other players are injured, they are victims, whereas when it’s me, I’m supposedly pretending (…). But it’s fun to see how the narrative around me is always different from other players. That said, I’m used to it, it just gives me extra strength and motivation. For that, I thank those who doubt me“, he let go.
Reassembled, pissed off, but not touched, therefore. To the point of winning his bet and winning his 10th Australian Open and his 22nd Grand Slam title, after his success in three sets (6-3, 7-6, 7-6) against Stefanos Tsitsipas last Sunday. All with a very real injury, as entrusted by Craig Tiley, the boss of the Australian Grand Slam. Asked by Sportsday, the latter revealed that the Serb played his matches with a 3 centimeter tear in his hamstring.
“There was a lot of speculation as to whether it was true or not… It’s hard to believe anyone could do what they do with these types of injuries but he was just outstanding“, estimated Tiley, admiring the one who regained his rank of world number one on Monday.