Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open has been a rollercoaster ride so far. But this Monday, the message sent was scathing. The Serb, who has been hampered by a thigh injury since the start of the fortnight, was at 100% in the round of 16 to crush local Alex De Minaur 6-2 6-1 6-2 in just over two hours.
In a press conference, Djokovic was particularly pleased with his physical state and visibly relieved. “I’m really happy that I managed to win like I did tonight. I feel really good in terms of mobility and movement in my leg, which is great news. Overall, the match was perfect for me tonight.”
The Serb also addressed the criticism he has received regarding his injury. “I don’t feel like I have to prove it to anyone. I have scans from two years ago and this year. And an MRI and ultrasound that will prove it. If I publish it, I don’t know, maybe. I’m used to dealing with it. It motivates me even more, it gives me strength. He also tackled his opponent of the day who did not support him during the controversy last year in Australia: “I have no relationship with him. I respect him as a rival, as a colleague, as I respect everyone. I have no problem contacting him, congratulating him, etc. But I have no other relationship. I have no communication with him. He showed that last season what he thought of me.
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