‘Novak Djokovic sometimes pretends he’s giving up, but he doesn’t fake injury,’ says Patrick Mouratoglou

Patrick Mouratoglou says Novak Djokovic ‘sometimes pretends to be giving up’ in matches – but he doesn’t fake injury.

Djokovic surprised many when he was able to beat Milos Raonic at the Australian Open despite suffering what appeared to be a serious abdomen injury in the previous round.

However, Mouratoglou says that accusations of Djokovic faking, or exaggerating an injury, are unfair, although he believes he does sometimes play mental games with his opponent to gain an advantage.

“For Novak, I think [his injury] is worse [than Nadal’s],” Mouratoglou told Tennis Majors.

“Because it’s the abdominals, and the abdominals, you use them on every shot.

“A lot of players like to have a little pain here and there, because it takes pressure off them.

“Now, we’re talking about champions, and champions never escape pressure. Champions accept pressure, embrace pressure and learn to deal with the pressure.

“Sometimes during the matches, Novak plays a bit with the mind of the opponent when he’s in trouble. He’s done it a lot of times in the past.

“When he’s down, sometimes he pretends he’s giving up. He’s not really there, and then suddenly, boom, he plays again.

“This is something that he does, but he doesn’t fake an injury during a tournament.

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