After reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic clearly rejected speculation about a possible bluff with his thigh injury. (the Australian Open in LIVETICKER)
“I leave the doubts to these people – let them doubt,” said the title favorite in Melbourne to the Serbian media.
“Only my injuries are questioned. When other players are injured, they are the victims. But if it’s me, I’m faking it,” Djokovic added. (BACKGROUND: All just a big bluff?)
After defeating Australian Alex de Minaur in the round of 16 in three sets and without his much-discussed physical problems, he emphasized that he didn’t have to prove anything. But he had medical documents. (SERVICE: Australian Open Men Schedule)
“I have the MRI, the ultrasound and a lot more – both from two years ago and now. Whether I’ll put that in my documentary or on social media depends on whether I feel like it,” Djokovic said. (NEWS: Everything about tennis)
All the discussions about his injuries would give him “additional strength and motivation”, said Djokovic, who will play against the Russian Andrej Rublev (9:30 a.m. / Eurosport) for the semi-finals on Wednesday: “So I thank them for that.” (2023 ATP season calendar)
“I think everyone sees what has happened over the past few weeks. It’s the only thing everyone talks about. Either I’m not a good tennis player, to expose that – or it looked good for me,” added Djoker.