In what seems to be a tragic end for their Davis Cup Finals campaign this year, Serbian no.1 Novak Djokovic had once again triggered rumors of a possible elbow injury in the deciding doubles’ match against Russia.
Team Serbia lost to Team Russia in the quarter-finals as the tie had surpassed the expectations of fans and got them excited for the remainder of the tournament.
Djokovic suffered an elbow problem during the US Open and said that he had felt a sharp pain in his match against Roger Federer at the ATP Finals a few days ago. Later, he mentioned that it was nothing serious as he was able to play and serve with complete freedom during the remainder of the match.
But, during the doubles match against Russia in the Davis Cup Finals today, Djokovic had experienced similar pain and had to call in a trainer during changeovers in the second set as the Serbs won it, 6-4.
Commenting on Serbia’s heart-wrenching loss, “Sport is not all about winning and losing but this hurts me personally. Anyway, the season is over now, we’ll get over it. Tomorrow is another day.”
While Novak’s run until Wimbledon was quite consistent, it was the North-American hard court swing that affected the performance of the Serb and he had to withdraw from the fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka during the US Open owing to a shoulder injury.
But, the comeback has been phenomenal for Novak Djokovic as he was able to win titles in Japan and Paris before losing out to Roger Federer in a virtual quarter-final match at the year-end championships in London.
It still has been a phenomenal year for Novak and if this elbow injury doesn’t affect his preparations for next year, he will be the prime contender to defend and win the Australian Open for a record 8th time in his career.