Goran Ivanisevic has taken aim at the media for questioning the injury sustained by Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.
Djokovic won a ninth Australian Open title on Sunday, beating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.
What made it even more remarkable was that the world number one was able to win the tournament despite tearing his oblique abdominal muscle in the third round.
However, Ivanisevic, who coaches the Serbian star, says the media need to have a look at themselves about how they treated Novak Djokovic during the tournament – both after his injury and before the tournament.
“There is somebody upstairs who see all this unfairness with a lot of media and people they doing to him,” Ivanisevic said after the Australian Open final.
“He is going through lot of, you know, especially after last year, US Open, then pretty poor final of Roland Garros. Coming here, he spent 42 days quarantine.
“Again, he tried to help the players [when he asked Tennis Australia to help players in hard quarantine. It’s only him. [The media thought] ‘Nobody else to attack, so let’s attack Novak.’
“Then this injury happen out of nowhere. To be honest, I can’t believe that I’m sitting here today talking to you as a member of the team of the guy who won number nine Australian Open.
“Even with that injury, they (the media) questioned the injury. You know, he took MRI after Fritz match.
“The doctor said what he has. They gave him the choices. Some people, they can deal with the pain. Some people, they cannot deal with the pain.
“It’s like that. Somebody can take more pain; somebody can take less pain.
“Key match for me was one with Milos Raonic, and after with Alexander Zverev. After that was better and better.”
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