Novak Djokovic Announces Documentary on His Australian Open 2021 Recovery Struggles

Published 02/19/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Novak Djokovic has once again gone the extra mile, overcoming an injury to reach the Australian Open 2021 final. While many disbelieved his injury plea, the Serbian has announced that he will soon release a documentary on his recovery.

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This will come as a big surprise to all the critics of the World No. 1. Moreover, Djokovic also explained the process of his recovery after he got injured in the third-round match.

Apparently, the 33-year-old Serbian picked up an abdominal injury when he slipped in the third set against Taylor Fritz. Struggling with pain, he managed to win the match, and since then, his time has only been devoted to recovery.

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“Recovery is 100 percent of my day for the last five days,” Djokovic confirmed. “Actually, I am making a documentary, so everyone will be able to see it. It should be up by the end of this year.”

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi-final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

From screaming with excruciating pain in the third-round to flawlessly winning the semifinal, Djokovic has inspired many. However, he has many people to credit for his great recovery.

The Serbian explained, “We took it day by day. When I say ‘we,’ I mean my physiotherapist, my team, doctors here at the Australian Open, physios, ATP physios.”

Furthermore, Djokovic mentioned the importance of doing everything precisely to keep competing in the Grand Slam.

“We time everything rightly so that I could give myself a shot to compete,” he said after the semi-final match. “Each day was progressing and getting better, and so today is best I have felt. Hopefully, that will stay the same ’til the finals.”

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi-final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

In front of him, Djokovic will either see the fourth seed, Daniil Medvedev, or the fifth seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas. They will battle for their second and maiden Grand Slam finals appearance, respectively.

On paper, the Serbian ace is already a winner; however, it will be fascinating to see a next-generation player break his mantle. Will Novak win his 9 and third consecutive title at the Australian Open 2021?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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