It was a great relief that of Novak Djokovic by beating the North American in the fifth set Taylor fritz in third round of Australian Open. And it is not for less: in addition to fighting against a heated climate (which later dissipated due to the emptying of the stadium), the Serbian had to battle an abdominal injury that left him battered.
It was in the middle of the third set when, after slipping too much, Djokovic began to feel discomfort in the part of his oblique abdominals. The physical performance of the world number 1 was not the same during that set or during the fourth quarter, both of which were in favor of Fritz.
Annoyed by the pain that it generated, Djokovic experienced a roller coaster of emotions in his third round match: he had to call the physiotherapist several times, withdrew from the court to receive personalized medical attention, had an exchange with his (Argentine Ulises Badio) to finally achieve better mobility in the fifth set.
Despite the logical euphoria caused by the victory, Djokovic calmed the waters and He assured: “I am not sure if I will be able to play the next game”. Will it be the end of the eight-time champion’s adventure in Melbourne?