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‘When others are injured they are victims but I’m lying…’: Djokovic hits back ahead of Australian Open quarters

FeaturedSports News'When others are injured they are victims but I'm lying...': Djokovic hits back ahead of Australian Open quarters

Novak Djokovic said any questions about whether he was genuinely struggling with a hamstring injury at the Australian Open only gave him extra strength and motivation.

The Serbian went on course for a 10th Melbourne Park title on Monday despite Alex de Manor’s injury in the fourth round raising questions about whether he could continue in the tournament, having previously said.

In his English press conference after the match, the 35-year-old said he was feeling as good as he had been since the injury in the Adelaide warm-up tournament, but in comments to Serbian media afterwards he played down the doubts. Surrounded.

“I leave the doubt to these people; let them doubt,” he said, according to the Tennis Majors website.

“Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, they are victims, but when I am, I’m faking it. It’s very interesting. I don’t think I have to prove anything to anyone. need.” “

Djokovic, who missed last year’s tournament after being kicked out of Australia over his stance on COVID-19 vaccinations, suffered stomach problems during his run for his ninth title in 2021.

“I’ve had MRIs, ultrasounds and everything else, both two years ago and now,” he added.

“Whether I publish it in my documentary or on social media depends on how I feel. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t.”

Djokovic can win a 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday to equal Rafa Nadal’s record but has often complained that he is not kept in the same league as the injury-prone Spaniard and Roger Federer.

“I don’t really care what people are thinking and saying at this point,” he said.

“It’s fun, it’s interesting to see how the narrative continues around me, the narrative that’s different than other players who are going through a similar situation.

“But I’m used to it, and it just gives me extra strength and motivation. So I thank them.”

Djokovic will play Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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