‘Novak Djokovic is very appreciated there because…’, says former star

The training match in Melbourne between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, which took place this Wednesday afternoon, has seriously disturbed fans and insiders. The 21-time Grand Slam champion suffered a left hamstring problem in the 36th minute. The doctor then intervened on the court twice in the first set of this match. Finally, after the defeat in the first set by 6-4, the Serbian champion preferred to return to the locker room. All under the worried gaze of the fans in the stands, who came to support him. The Spaniard Pablo Andújar, reserve for one of the two, then continued the session with the Russian. A situation that obviously immediately aroused consternation and rumors about his physical condition, a few days before the first big event of the tennis season, the Australian Open, where Djokovic clearly favors the forecast. However, the Belgrade player himself wanted to reassure his followers, speaking of a simple act of precaution so as not to stress the muscle that had given him the alarm. Novak explained: “It’s about the left hamstring, it’s the same problem I had during the tournament in Adelaide last week. I felt discomfort and stopped because I wanted to avoid any risk for the Australian Open.” Djokovic should be on court regularly for the start of the 2023 Australian Open, although there are still some doubts about his injury. The Serbian champion seeks the 10th title on the hard courts of Melbourne, which would also be equivalent to the 22nd Slam, thus equaling Rafael Nadal and taking off Roger Federer even more. Without Carlos Alcaraz, currently injured, the Serbian will be accompanied by his eternal rival Rafael Nadal, who will have to defend his title at the 2023 Australian Open. Rafa, in the first games of the year in the United Cup, lost two games out of two.

Justine Henin speaks about Djokovic

Former World No. 1 Justine Henin recently weighed in on Novak Djokovic’s chances at the 2023 Australian Open. “In 2023, he is in perfect physical shape, and he arrives with the desire to prove things. So yes, he is the big favourite. A lot of things can happen, but clearly, in my opinion, it will be Djokovic versus the others. Djokovic will be the immense favourite,” Henin said. “He is very appreciated there because he has won so many times in Melbourne and because he likes to play there. He has always had a good connection with the Australian crowd, a very respectful crowd that also wants to see the best players present. Therefore, he will have their support,” Henin said.