World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has revealed that he is dealing with multiple injuries but he is hoping that won't prevent him from playing the US Open. Djokovic ended his Tokyo Olympics campaign on a disappointing way as he lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match.
Spain's Carreno Busta claimed one of the biggest wins of his career as he stunned Djokovic 6-4 6-7 (6) 6-3 to win his maiden Olympic medal. “I am dealing with injuries. Not one, more than one“, Djokovic told Serbian reporters in Tokyo, per Tennis Majors, “I hope that it won’t stop me from going to the US Open, which is my next big goal.
“I do not regret coming or giving my all; how can I have regrets, it is normal when you are at the Olympic Games representing your country. Unfortunately, for the third time at the Olympics, I am losing in the semi-finals.
I won the medal only once. I mean, ’only’, a medal is a medal, but for my standards and expectations and wishes, not an ideal outcome."
Djokovic apologized to Serbian fans
Djokovic also revealed that he has been playing under medications, abnormal pain and exhaustion at the Tokyo Olympics.
“I apologise to all the fans in Serbia who I have disappointed. I know everyone expected a medal, I did too. I feel bad for Nina because we did not fight for a medal in mixed, but my body said ’enough’: I have played under medications and abnormal pain and exhaustion.
But again, my heart is in the right place, because I know that I gave my all. I love to play for my country. Unfortunately, I did not get the result I wanted, but that is sport, we move on," Djokovic said. This season, Djokovic has been dominant at the Grand Slam level, winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
Djokovic, 34, is still motivated to chase the biggest titles. “Three years… Not that far, but on the other hand it is, since I do not have 25 years anymore” Djokovic concluded. “I do not see the finish line of my career.
Olympics, Davis Cup, ATP Cup, and the Grand Slams, those are the tournaments that inspire me the most to go on. It is a privilege to play for Serbia, I want to play in Paris. If I am there, I hope to win a medal."