Novak Djokovic says his injury is ‘good enough to compete,’ but he worries he has made it worse by continuing to play.
Djokovic injured his abdomen in his third round match against Taylor Fritz, but he managed to make it onto court to face Milos Raonic for a spot in the quarterfinals.
He won the match 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, but he was clearly suffering some discomfort and pain on the court.
Afterwards, he gave an update on his fitness situation, although he struck a cautious note.
“Injury is good enough to compete,” Djokovic told Eurosport after the match.
“It’s not ideal and I’ve felt better. I didn’t hit a ball for two nights.
“But it’s a Grand Slam and for me it means everything. I give everything I have in me. Any other tournament, I probably wouldn’t be playing.’
“Right now it’s all about recovery. I just want to try and feel better.
“I have been on very strong painkillers for 48 hours, so I don’t know exactly that damage that has been done, but it will be more than previously.”
Djokovic will now face a blockbuster clash with sixth seed Alexander Zverev in the last eight after he powered past Dusan Lajovic.
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