‘Taking a Lot of Pills’- Novak Djokovic’s Scary Admission About Going Against His Own Beliefs to Clinch the 2023 Australian Open Title

Published 01/23/2023, 6:27 AM EST
Tennis: Australian Open Jan 21, 2023 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Novak Djokovic of Serbia falls over during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria on day six of the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park. Melbourne Melbourne Park Victoria Australia, EDITORIAL USE ONLY PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xMikexFreyx 20230121_jla_zg6_068

It’s always a surprise with Novak Djokovic. As an opponent, if you are about to face the Serb and decide to watch his previous match where he was struggling with injury and prepare blueprint accordingly, chances are extremely high that the 21-time Grand Slam champion will puzzle you straight away. Alex de Minaur, the young Australian who walked into Rod Laver Arena with scores of fans rooting for him, faced similar fate today as his game faltered in-front of the mighty Serb.

Novak Djokovic admits going against his belief to clinch the 2023 Australian Open

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Djokovic reached yet another quarter-final of a Grand Slam and will now meet Andrey Rublev for a place in the final four of the Australian Open. Djokovic was in good spirits today as the numbing pain in his thigh wasn’t bothering him for now. The Serb had a lengthy discussion with former American legend Jim Courier right after an easy three-set win.

When asked about whether a similar injury experience mid-tournament a couple of years ago in Melbourne gave him any sort of confidence to push through the current pain, Djokovic quickly retorted by saying, “Well, look, you know, Jim, you have been through few injuries in your career so you know how that feels especially when you are playing a tournament. You don’t know what is the degree of the injury until you actually play a competitive match.”

It is after this statement that Djokovic brought out his fun side.

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I have been taking a lot of pills. It’s not ideal. But, trying to mask the pain. No, not those kind of pills, guys. Anti-inflammatory pills that I normally don’t like taking.”

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Well, this comment just proves how badly Novak Djokovic wants to win the whole tournament after what he experienced last year in Australia. Also, if one takes a look at the draw, it looks as if there is no real threat to the Serb who wants to claim a record tenth Australian Open crown.

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Can Novak Djokovic go all the way and life the Norman Brooks Trophy this Sunday?

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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