Will Novak Djokovic Defend His Title? Defending Champ Risks French Open 2024 Exit

Novak Djokovic, the World No. 1, is in doubt about his ability to defend his title at the French Open 2024 after an epic fourth-round victory over Francisco Cerundolo.

Novak Djokovic, the World No. 1, is in doubt about his ability to defend his title at the French Open 2024 after sustaining a right knee injury during an epic fourth-round victory over Francisco Cerundolo. Djokovic’s remarkable journey through the tournament has been ruined by this injury, making doubt on his participation in the upcoming quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Djokovic’s Tough Battle at Roland Garros

The 24-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic, limped into the quarter-finals at Roland Garros after a tough match against Francisco Cerundolo. The match, the longest of his career at the French Open, saw Djokovic overcoming Cerundolo in five sets with scores of 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, taking four hours and 39 minutes to complete. Despite his victory, Djokovic’s right knee injury, which required anti-inflammatory tablets and medical time-outs, raises concerns about his ability to continue.

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Djokovic revealed that his knee had been bothering him for weeks, but the injury worsened after he slipped on the court early in the second set. He was seen grimacing and rubbing his knee, necessitating several visits from the trainer and doctor.

Novak Djokovic’s Uncertain Future in the French Open

 

Novak Djokovic after right knee injury
Novak Djokovic, Roland-Garros 2024 | © Chryslène Caillaud / Panoramic

As Novak Djokovic prepares for a rematch of last year’s final against Casper Ruud, his participation remains in doubt. “At one point I didn’t know whether I should continue or not with what’s happening. I got the medications and then, after the third set was done, I asked for more medications and got them,” Djokovic explained. The three-time Roland Garros champion mentioned that the medication provided some relief, allowing him to play the fifth set with minimal pain. However, he acknowledged that the effect of the medications would not last long, and further screenings and tests were necessary.

“The good thing about the Slam is that you have a day between that will allow hopefully the healing process to happen more efficiently for me,” Djokovic added. Despite his optimism, he admitted uncertainty about his ability to step onto the court in the next match.

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The Challenges of Clay Courts

Novak Djokovic attributed his knee injury to the drier conditions at Roland Garros following a week of rain. “The injury that I had today with the knee happened exactly because of that because I slipped and slid a lot,” he noted. Djokovic’s aggressive and dynamic style of play involves frequent slides, but he found the number of slips unusual and concerning.

His team has been in discussions with tournament officials about the frequency of court maintenance. “Today I injured myself. I survived. I won the match. Great. But will I be able to play the next one? I don’t know,” Djokovic lamented. He suggested that more frequent court care might have prevented his injury.

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Looking Ahead

As Novak Djokovic navigates the uncertainty of his knee injury, tennis fans worldwide are left wondering if the defending champion will continue his quest for another Grand Slam title at the French Open 2024. His potential exit from the tournament would be a significant blow to the competition.

For fans eagerly anticipating the next Grand Slam event, Wimbledon, the grass-court season promises exciting matches. You can catch all the action live on Sky Sports, including the Stuttgart Open and Rosmalen Open, featuring top players like Andy Murray.

The world will be watching as Novak Djokovic faces one of the most challenging moments in his illustrious career. Will he overcome his injury and defend his title, or will the French Open see a new champion this year? Only time will tell.

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