MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – 12 FEBRUARY: Novak Djokovic from Serbia received medical treatment for his men [] Single game of the third round against Taylor Fritz from the USA on the fifth day of the Australian Open 2021 in Melbourne Park on 12 February 2021 in Melbourne, Australia (Photo by Quinn Rooney / Getty Images)

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic survived and advanced at the Australian Open, but says he does not know whether he will be on the field for his game in the fourth round against Milos Raonic because of his so-called muscle torn ”

Djokovic slipped and injured himself in the third game of the third set of his 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 win over the American Taylor Fritz on the right side He took a medical break from game and was treated by an ATP trainer During the next two changes he was also treated

“I really don’t know, my friend,” he said in his court interview when asked about recovery for the next game, “Well I know it’s definitely a tear of the muscle so know I don’t know if I’ll be able to recover from it in less than two days. I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll step on the pitch or not. I’m just very proud of that performance tonight Let’s see what happens tomorrow ”

If Djokovic can’t continue, he gets stuck with 17 Grand Slam titles and changes the calculation for the rest of the field Djokovic has won this title eight times and is the two-time defending champion

Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed who also has to do with a back injury, is looking for his record breaking 21st Grand Slam title down under

No 3 seeds Dominic Thiem, who won his first Grand Slam at the US last September Open also remains in Djokovic’s half of the draw after overcoming a two-set deficit to beat Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios 4: 6, 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 4 to Thiem next No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov, who got a walkover against Pablo Carreno Busta, who retired due to injury

Sasha Zverev, the US. Open second, is also in Djokovic’s district and is next in front of No. 23 Dusan Lajovic

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the No. 20 seed, also with a 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 win over other Canadians and No. 11 seed Denis Shapovalov

Djokovic appeared en route to a routine win over Fritz when he slipped and injured his right side in a shot

“Before this fall, that thing would be just sentences,” said ESPN’s Brad Gilbert on the air, “But that’s why you lace up your sneakers and things can happen”

Then things took another turn after the fifth game of the fourth set – at 11:30 p.m. local time – when the referee announced that fans would have to leave the stadium at 11:59 a.m. due to the Victorian government’s tough ban Some fans booed and others refused to move, but after about eight or nine minutes with the players sitting in their chairs the stadium was cleared and the game resumed

“With the bad news today that we all know that midnight will be the date we will be banned for five days, it’s obviously unhappy for the spectators who we didn’t finish the match with – they see this End, “said Djokovic” They definitely enjoyed it on the other hand, regardless of the crowd in the stands or not, I was just trying to focus on what’s going on with an injury and just praying, that it will somehow get better and that I can win the match, which luckily it happened for me ”

Fritz took advantage of the break he had secured at the beginning of the set and stopped to force a fifth set The break to allow fans to leave may have helped Djokovic when he reformed for the fifth time / p>

“I was hoping that everything that happened there [on his side] would feel better, and towards the end of the fourth it got better,” said Djokovic. “In the third and fourth movements I just served and could not doing much on return I just wanted to take my pictures. I did two first serves and it definitely worked ”

After Fritz had sailed a long backhand at the match point, Djokovic screamed in Serbian, relieved, raised his hands in triumph and then hit his chest

“I don’t know, this is definitely one of the most special victories in my life, it doesn’t matter what round it is or who it is against,” he said, “to draw under such circumstances this is definitely something that I will remember forever ”

Adam Zagoria is a basketball and tennis insider who is a national contributor to the New York Times, NJ Advance Media, and newspapers. He is the author of two books and one

Adam Zagoria is a basketball and tennis insider who is a national contributor to the New York Times, NJ Advance Media, and newspapers. He is the author of two books and an award-winning filmmaker. He lives in Manhattan with his family and dog.

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