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Shocking Novak Djokovic Update Emerges From Turin’s Practice Courts Ahead of His Must-Win ATP Finals Tie

Published 11/15/2023, 11:15 AM EST

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Novak Djokovic has had quite an eventful ATP World Tour Finals tournament in Turin. Following his victory in the opening match against Holger Rune, the Serb was crowned as the year-end World Number 1 player, reigning his domination at the top. However, he had a heartbreaking loss in the next match. The 24-time Grand Slam champion went down fighting against Jannik Sinner of Italy. Hours later, shocking developments at the tournament left his fans concerned.

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Novak Djokovic is due to play his last group-stage match tomorrow against Stefanos Tsitsipas. However, there are some worrying signs from his camp.

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The World Number 1 is battling to stay in the tournament after a tough defeat against Sinner. It will be a do-or-die contest against Tsitsipas for the Serb. However, his preparations for the big match haven’t been ideal.

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A few minutes ago, it was revealed that Novak Djokovic was not seen on the practice courts today. He was scheduled to take part in the practice session. However, there’s a revision to the schedule of practice and the Serb is no longer practicing today.


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Djokovic was the last to play on Day 3 of the tournament. Additionally, with his match lasting over three hours, it went late into the night. As a result, there is a possibility that Djokovic might have opted for rest in order to be in shape for his do-or-die battle against Tsitsipas. Speculations were also made about whether Djokovic might have suffered some sort of an injury in his marathon match. However, there hasn’t been an update from his camp about it and the actual reason as to why he missed the practice session.

Playing against the local favorite, the crowd was always against him during his match against Sinner. Further, the fans also booed him as controversial action from the Serb triggered them.

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While Sinner was serving during his match against Djokovic, a close call went in his favor. However, Djokovic gestured for an overrule from the umpire. This didn’t go down well with the Italian crowd. Boos erupted from the stadium as they condemned Djokovic’s action.

However, later, the replays showed that Sinner had indeed served fault and Djokovic’s overrule appeal was indeed justified. It was a pulsating atmosphere, with the crowd right behind Sinner to prevail over Djokovic.


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Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic’s fans will hope that their star is fully fit and raring to go in his do-or-die match against Tsitsipas. Can he prevail in that contest and enter the semifinals of the tournament? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Vatsal Shah


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Being a die-hard fan of tennis and an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal, tennis has been a part of my life even before I ventured into sports journalism. If I have learned anything from the incredible career of the ‘King of Clay’, it is to constantly enhance your skill sets, no matter at what stage you are in your career. This motivated me to complete an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management while pursuing my career as a sports writer.
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