World number one Novak Djokovic started the Australian Open 2021 as reigning champion and big favorite but the latest events have partially changed the situation around the Serbian. During the third round match with the American tennis player Taylor Fritz, Nole slipped during the third set on the writing Melbourne and was thus injured.
Following this stop Fritz won the third and fourth set, while Novak managed to qualify by winning the fifth set despite the difficulties. At the end of the match, the Serbian seemed very worried about his condition and even hinted at a possible tear.
However, the situation has improved since in the match valid for the Round of 16 against Milos Raonic, Novak ended the practice in four sets and appeared in excellent condition. Several tennis players on the circuit, from Fritz to Tsitsipas and even Nadal himself, have expressed doubts about this sensational flash recovery of the Balkan champion.
Toni Nadal, former coach and uncle of the Spanish champion, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, also spoke about the situation of the Serbian champion. Here are the statements of Uncle Toni who wrote about it: "Nadal has some physical problems, but Novak Djokovic, despite having qualified without problems against Milos Raonic, was injured.
What surprised me is that the day before there was talk of retirement and the next day he took the field and seemed to have almost no problems, almost as if the injury had disappeared during the night. It is not up to me to judge this situation, I do not know the severity of his injury but maybe he can hide the injuries from the evidence of others in a simpler way."
Rafa's words on Nole
Rafael Nadal attacks Novak Djokovic? Rafael after reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2021 after a beautiful and convincing performance against Fabio Fognini, literally crashed in three sets with the result of 6-3; 6-4; 6-2, spoke of his arch rival.
He said: "I have spent over 20 days with back pains that have not allowed me to train as I wanted. I would have signed up to be in this condition five days ago. Today's match will be of great help to me as I hope and believe my training scheduled for tomorrow will be.
I managed to stay alive in the tournament and now I have a chance to win the title, a real chance if I continue to improve physically. You always have to take injuries into account, but I can say with certainty that if you are really injured you cannot win the title of champion.
Maybe there are pains that weigh down your performance, but you know you can improve and you are still able to compete. I remember in the past I made bad decisions, in 2009 I started the US Open with an injury and the situation got worse."