World number one Novak Djokovic has been accused of faking the severity of his injury by Australian Open opponent Taylor Fritz.
Djokovic suffered what he later described as ‘a tear’ of an abdominal muscle during his third round match against Fritz, with him clearly experiencing pain on the court.
The Serbian was two sets up when the injury happened, with Fritz coming back to force a decider before Djokovic found a little bit extra to win the match.
After the match, Djokovic explained he thought his Australian Open title defence could be over, with him unwilling to confirm if he will be able to face Milos Raonic in round four.
Fritz, though, while acknowledging Djokovic was struggling for a spell in the match, believes it all may not be as serious as it seems.
“If he was really, really injured, he wouldn’t have kept playing,” Fritz told reporters.
“He looked like he was struggling in the third and fourth, he didn’t look like he was struggling in the fifth.
“Maybe he fought through it. I’m happy for him he had such a good recovery.
“Fifth set, he looked pretty good to me! I have to give credit in the fifth set, he was really good. Nothing like the third and fourth set.
“He was serving unbelievable, two first serves and barely missing any spots.”
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