‘He’s tough!”‘ – Craig Tiley pays tribute to Novak Djokovic after amazing Australian Open win

Craig Tiley has paid tribute to the ‘resilience’ of Novak Djokovic after he won his Australian Open third round match with a suspected abdominal tear.

Djokovic suffered what he thought was an abdominal muscle tear in his win over Taylor Fritz, with him producing an incredible feat of sheer will to be able to win the match.

Afterwards, though, he told Eurosport that he had serious doubts about whether or not he would be able to face Milos Raonic in the fourth round.

Coach Goran Ivanisevic confirmed Djokovic would not practice at all on Saturday, but Tennis Australia chief Tiley has paid tribute to the world number one, saying he is as tough as they come.

“We’ll see him,” Tiley said. “He’s resilient, he’s tough.

“He’ll wake up today and he’ll figure out what it is and he’ll go and get the appropriate treatment.

“The way he was, those two sets, I was pretty surprised [he was able to win the match.]

“But I’ve seen him play enough times here, this is his court, he gets comfortable on it and he just picks his game up and up and he’s that good.

“So his health is going to be important and we’ll make a decision later on today on when he plays tomorrow.”

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