Sore wrist hampers Novak in Perth

Henry

Novak Djokovic suffered his first defeat in Australia since 2018 when Alex de Minaur beat him 6-4, 6-4 in Perth.

The 36-year-old Serbian suffered a wrist injury on the practice court a few hours before the meeting with Australia’s number one player and it certainly bothered him during the match.

Still, with the Australian Open around the corner, the loss doesn’t seem to bother him too much.

“I’m probably not going to be 100% in the opening week of a new season. “Today was just one of those days where I wasn’t at my best and my opponent played really good tennis,” Djokovic said.

According to the world’s leading player, his injury had a definite influence on his game.

“It was especially difficult when I wanted to play a forehand or serve. However, there is still enough time to get fit again for the Australian Open.”

The first Grand Slam tournament of the new year officially begins on January 14 in Melbourne and Djokovic will throw everything into the battle to collect his 11th title on the iconic Rod Laver court.

“The process (to recover from an injury) is not new to me at all. I have been in a similar situation many times in my career and I know what is expected of me now.

“In 2021 and 2023 I also suffered an injury in the run-up to the tournament and at least I was able to walk away with the silverware twice. I am now going to work very hard to be as fit as possible for the Grand Slam.”