The Serbian Novak Djokovic, who showed serious physical problems during his match against the Russian Daniil Medvedev, whom he defeated after three hours of battle 6-3, 6-7 (5) and 7-6 (2), assured that it was only “accumulated fatigue”, although he did not want to delve into what exactly happened to him so as not to give clues to his rivals.
Tremors, more sweat than usual, effort to stay upright at times and his bench asking him to withdraw from the game set off alarm bells at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, where the tournament that puts the finishing touch to the season bringing together the eight best rackets on the circuit.
‘Nole’ had guaranteed classification and access to the final is played this Saturday. It didn’t seem like continuing in that state was the best decision, but he held on and got the win. His statements at a press conference hinted that it may not have been something specific.
“It was just fatigue from the grueling battle. That’s all I can say. I mean, there was no disease. There was no particular body part that bothered me. It was just general physical exhaustion,” he said.
“I’m not going to go into details because I just don’t feel like it’s a place to share it. Why would I? I don’t want to reveal exactly what I’m going through to my opponents,” he added.
The battle against Medvedev could take its toll on him in the semifinals, but he did not want to lose the opportunity to win what he considers one of the best tennis players on the circuit. “He was a little more nervous and tense going into the match against one of the best players in the world. You want to win regardless of the ranking he already had,” he commented.
“I think today’s match was a display of those mentalities that we both have. He wanted to end the season with a win and I didn’t want to lose against him. Every match like this is a golden opportunity for me to get a win against one one of the best in the world,” he added.
On where his limit is, he said: “I don’t think there’s a limit. It’s really in your head. It’s really about perspective and focus of how you see things at that particular moment.”
“The biggest battle, as I have said before, is always the internal battle. If you manage to find yourself in that optimal state of mind and body, I believe that you can bring out the best in yourself,” he insisted.
On Saturday he will face Fritz, with almost no time to recover, but he is not worried that this will happen again. “I don’t worry because worry only takes away the life energy you need. If something happens, good or bad, I’ll have to deal with it,” he said.
“I’m going to do everything I can with my physiotherapist and with my team to get rest. I have things that have always been part of my routine. I know what I have to do”, he sentenced.