MELBOURNE: Former World No.1 Novak Djokovic to work on his fitness after a straight-set loss to South Korea’s young-gun Chung Hyeon in the fourth-round of Australian Open.
The Serbian was not looking well while playing against the South Korean as his right elbow was injured and a possible hip/groin injury could be there in the three-straight-set loss at the Season Opening Grand Slam.
The six-time Australian Open winner termed his physical condition as “not great” further he said that he will discuss this situation with his medical team as the season has just started.
After the painful loss, he told the media, “Yeah, unfortunately, it’s not great. Kind of end of the first set it (elbow) started hurting more. So, yeah, I had to deal with it till the end of the match.”
The Serb added, “I have to say I’m very grateful I had the chance to play. I didn’t know if I’m going to play or not. So I played four matches here. It was a good tournament. It’s disappointing to go out in the fourth round. The circumstances are such I have to accept it. That’s the reality. It’s frustrating when you have that much time and you don’t heal properly. But it is what it is. There is some kind of a reason behind all of this.”
Djokovic concluded, “As a professional athlete, you have to deal with pain at a certain level. You kind of get used to that. I felt the level of pain was not that high that I needed to stop the match, even though it was obviously compromising my serve. That is a big shot, especially against Chung, who returns well, and gets a lot of balls back. But, yeah, I don’t want to talk about my injury tonight because then I’m taking away Chung’s victory, the credit that he deserves.”