Djokovic uncertain on harm return after Australian Open ‘excellent 10’
New Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic stated on Monday he hopes to return to motion in a month’s time however is “undecided” how rapidly his injured hamstring will heal.
The Serb additionally revealed that he had not had time to correctly have a good time successful a record-extending tenth Melbourne title on Sunday.
His 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5) victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas noticed Djokovic equal Rafael Nadal’s males’s document of twenty-two Grand Slam event wins and return to world primary within the rankings.
Djokovic was troubled all through the competitors by his left hamstring, though it improved because the Grand Slam went on.
Whereas the 35-year-old paraded the Norman Brookes Problem Cup across the gardens of Authorities Home in Melbourne on Monday for a photoshoot, he was requested by AFP how his leg was and when he would possibly play once more.
“I am undecided, I will do some medical check-ups within the subsequent few days,” he replied. “Then I will have the ability to discuss it a bit extra and perceive the state of affairs.”
Djokovic pulled his hamstring earlier than the Australian Open, having received a warm-up occasion in Adelaide, and was badly hampered at occasions at Melbourne Park, significantly within the early rounds.
At one level he didn’t practise between matches.
“Because it stands in the present day I’m nonetheless signed in for the Dubai event, which is in a month’s time. I hope I will have the ability to come again to the courts in a number of weeks’ time,” he stated Monday.
“Let’s examine, you already know, I will converse to the medical staff after which take it from there,” he added.
Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, stated most gamers wouldn’t have performed after a pre-tournament scan confirmed the extent of the hamstring harm.
“However not him — he’s from outer area,” Ivanisevic advised reporters.
“His mind is working totally different. He gave all the pieces, 77 therapies a day. Day by day was sort of higher and higher.”
Djokovic stated there had not been time for any partying on Sunday night time to mark his newest achievement.
Requested how he had celebrated the victory, he smiled: “With the media, and with doping management!
“It was 3:00 am once I went again to the lodging and it was an extended night time, however in fact an enormous reduction.
“Ending a event and the entire journey right here to Australia with a Grand Slam win is all the time extremely satisfying,” he added.
“I did not have but the possibility to essentially have a good time as a lot as I wish to. I assume that is going to come back in Europe.”