Novak Djokovic questions his continuity at Roland-Garros: “We’ll see if I can continue playing”

The world number one ended up being greatly reduced after the five sets played against the Argentinian Francisco Cerúndolo. If he does not appear against Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals, he will lose his place at the top of the rankings.

Novak Djokovic survives Roland Garros. After beating the Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the third round, in a match that ended after 3 a.m., he experienced another epic battle this Monday, this time against the Argentinian Francisco Cerúndolo, whom he beat 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5 and 6-3.

The duel against the trans-Andean team had dramatic connotations, after having to deal with physical discomfort that left him very mistreated , but that didn’t stop their hard-fought victory. Of course, the situation leaves great uncertainty for the next match.

“At the end of the match I didn’t feel any pain because I had taken medicine. “I had a few positive tests, but tomorrow we will do more tests and see if I can continue playing.” explained the Serb.

He also revealed that he felt discomfort in his right knee, which worsened during the match. He even considered the possibility of retirement. “I wondered whether or not I should continue to play with what was happening. I asked for more medicine after the third set. I took the maximum dose I could take and started feeling the effects by the fourth set. I felt less limitations in my movements. In the fifth, I played without pain, but the effect of the drugs does not last forever, so we will see,” he said.

“I could barely move, I didn’t want to do long exchanges and he (Cerúndolo) noticed it and he gave me a lot of drops, I moved a lot. “I wasn’t able to run. “ he said.

Meanwhile, the Norwegian Casper Ruud, his rival in the quarter-finals, is eager to take his revenge after the definition of the 2023 edition: “I will play the quarter-finals in a few days against Novak. I have nothing to lose and I will try to take advantage of it. It will be another match against him, it’s always difficult. No matter where you play him, he provides one of the toughest challenges in our sport. Obviously we played here last year in the final. I will do my best to take revenge “, he stated.

The results

If Novak Djokovic gives up, the consequences will be immediate as he will lose the 1,600 points he still has to defend for winning the crown last year.or it will make the Italian Jannik Sinner the new world number one from next Monday.

The peninsula would thus be the first tennis player from his country to achieve this. Anyway, If Nole is still in the race, Sinner will have to qualify for the final so as not to depend on the Balkan result.

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Source: Latercera

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