Australian Open: Djokovic says injury doubters give him extra motivation | Tennis News

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic has said any questions about whether he really battled a hamstring injury at the australian open only to give him more strength and motivation.
The Serb stayed on track for a 10th title at Melbourne Park on Monday with a fourth-round thrashing of Alex de Minaure despite the injury he had previously stated questioned whether he could continue in the tournament.
In his post-match press conference in English, the 35-year-old said he felt as good as he had since suffering the injury in a tournament. warm-up in Adelaide, but in later comments to Serbian media he rounded off the doubts.
“I leave the doubt to these people; let them doubt,” he said, according to the Tennis Majors website.
“Only my injuries are questioned. When other players are injured they are the victims, but when it’s me I pretend. It’s very interesting. I don’t think I need to prove anything. be to whoever.”
Djokovic, who missed last year’s tournament after being kicked out of Australia due to his stance on COVID-19 vaccinations, has battled an abdominal issue throughout his run to his ninth title in 2021.
“I have the MRI, ultrasound and everything else from two years ago and now,” he added.
“Whether I release this in my documentary or on social media depends on how I feel. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t.”
Djokovic could equal Rafa Nadal’s record by winning a 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday, but often complained that he was not held in the same respect as the injury-prone Spaniard and Roger Federer.
“I’m not really interested at this point in what people think and say,” he said.
“It’s fun, it’s interesting to see how the narrative around me continues, a different narrative compared to other players who have gone through a similar situation.
“But I’m used to it, and it just gives me more strength and motivation. So I thank them for that.”
Djokovic will play Russian Andrei Rublev in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.


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