Novak Djokovic says harm doubters give him additional motivation at Australian Open

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 23, 2023 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in motion throughout his fourth spherical match in opposition to Australia’s Alex De Minaur REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

MELBOURNE —Novak Djokovic stated any questions over whether or not he has genuinely been scuffling with a hamstring harm on the Australian Open solely give him additional energy and motivation.

The Serbian remained on monitor for a tenth Melbourne Park title on Monday with a fourth-round thrashing of Alex de Minaur regardless of the harm that he had beforehand stated known as into query whether or not he may proceed within the event.

In his English post-match press convention, the 35-year-old stated he felt pretty much as good as he had since he sustained the harm in an Adelaide warm-up event, however in later feedback to Serbian media he rounded on the doubters.

“I go away the doubting to these folks; allow them to doubt,” he stated, in response to the Tennis Majors web site.

“Solely my accidents are questioned. When another gamers are injured, then they’re the victims, however when it’s me, I’m faking it. It is extremely fascinating. I don’t really feel that I must show something to anybody.”

Djokovic, who missed final yr’s event after being kicked out of Australia due to his stance on COVID-19 vaccinations, battled an stomach downside all through his run to his ninth title in 2021.

“I’ve received the MRI, ultrasound and all the pieces else, each from two years in the past and now,” he added.

“Whether or not I’ll publish that in my documentary or on the social media is dependent upon how I really feel. Possibly I’ll do I it, perhaps I gained’t.”

Djokovic may match Rafa Nadal’s file by successful a twenty second Grand Slam title on Sunday however has usually complained that he’s not held in the identical regard because the injury-prone Spaniard and Roger Federer.

“I’m not actually at this level what individuals are considering and saying,” he stated.

“It’s enjoyable, it’s fascinating to see how the narrative surrounding me continues, narrative that’s totally different in comparison with different gamers which were going by the same scenario.

“However I’m used to it, and it simply provides me additional energy and motivation. So I thank them for that.”

Djokovic will play Russian Andrey Rublev within the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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