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'I'll have to take some time off to heal' - Novak Djokovic confirms muscle tear has worsened

Novak Djokovic looks glum at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic has revealed that continuing to play with an abdominal tear at the Australian Open has made the injury worse.

Djokovic suffered the injury during his third round match against Taylor Fritz, and although he managed to somehow win the match, he speculated immediately he thought it was a tear.

He had a MRI scan that morning, which he has now confirmed to the press showed a 17mm tear. A similar scan after the final, however, has shown it has increased to 25mm.

“I just came actually came from another MRI that I’ve done this morning and the damage is bigger than what it was when it happened, when I did the first MRI after the third round,” Djokovic told reporters.

“It’s not too bad judging by what doctor said but I’ll have to take some time off and heal. The tear is bigger.”

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Djokovic had described winning the Australian Open as one his his toughest ever challenges after the injury, but he says it has taught him a lot about himself.

“I reflect on it as a great experience, and a unique journey, and I would definitely remember and try to take out a lot of positives from it,” he said.

“I have learned a lot of lessons, and learned a lot of things, about myself and about everything that was going on in the last five to six weeks, but I think that everything that was happening on and off the court makes this victory even better and even sweeter.”

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