There are more doubts than certainties about whether Novak Djokovic you can play your game Round of 16 of the Australian Open against Milos Raonic. The Serbian, who drags a abdominal injury since the match against Taylor Fritz, still He did not confirm if he will jump to the Rod Laver Arena this Sunday.
With his place secured in the round of 16, Djokovic noted: “I’m not sure if I’ll be able to play the next game“And then the alarm went off when it was confirmed that He would not train in the pre-match against the Canadian. Although the N ° 1 has been consulting different medical opinions and tries to recover for the next meeting, it is not yet known in what conditions he will arrive.
Against the American, it was in the middle of the third set when, after slipping too much, he began to feel discomfort in the part of his oblique abdominals. The Serbian’s physical performance was not the same during that set or during the fourth quarter, both of which were in favor of Fritz, who questioned those alleged serious pain.
In case of appearing before Raonic, this will be the showdown number 12 Between both. The history shows notable differences: Nole beat him every time, and two of those wins were in straight sets at the 2015 and 2020 editions of the Australian Open.
It should be noted that it will not be the only one of the interesting matches of the day. Dominic Thiem versus Grigor Dimitrov will go one way, Alexander Zverev will face Dusan Lajovic and Felix Auger-Aliassime will play against Aslan Karatsev, Diego Schwartzman’s executioner in straight sets.