‘There was a cloud of doubt’ – Novak Djokovic lifts lid on Australian Open injury struggles

Novak Djokovic says his Australian Open journey has ‘tested him on many levels’ but he is confident he is well-positioned to win the final.

Djokovic suffered an abdominal injury in the third round, and appeared all but certain to be heading out of the tournament as a result.

He has been able to fight through it, and has gradually improved each round since the injury before saying he felt ‘no pain’ in his semi-final win over Aslan Karatsev.

And, ahead of Sunday’s final against Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic has lifted the lid on what he has gone through.

“It’s been a real rollercoaster ride, without a doubt, with an injury in the third round, the cloud of doubt that I had after that match against Fritz whether I could perform or not, not training at all the days between the matches,” Djokovic told Eurosport.

“I have had some really tough draws playing against some big hitters, players in form like Zverev and Fritz.

“I like to get tested early in the tournament, work my way into the tournament, into form and I was tested on many levels over the last week or so but all in all I am in a very good position and situation.

“The way I have been playing, the way I have been feeling, is very encouraging going into the finals.”

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