“Worrisome” – Novak Djokovic Sympathizes With Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams’ Injuries

Published 08/27/2021, 5:15 PM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net following victory in his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic is the only one among the famed ‘Big 3’ taking part in the upcoming US Open. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sidelined due to injury, the World No. 1 leads the senior players in Flushing Meadows.

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In the women’s singles category, Serena Williams announced her withdrawal citing the need to become fully fit. Ahead of an attempt to make history, Djokovic spoke about their injuries.

Novak Djokovic shows concern for injuries to his key competitors

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Over the last five years, Federer struggled with knee injuries. After suffering a crushing quarterfinal loss to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon, the 40-year-old revealed he picked up a knee injury. And just weeks prior to the US Open, the Swiss star revealed the need for knee surgery. This meant not only would he miss the final Grand Slam of the year, but the rest of this season.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams picked up a hamstring injury during her opening match at Wimbledon. Despite skipping the Tokyo Olympics and hard court warmup tournaments, she admitted she didn’t fully recover from the injury. Hence, the 23-time Grand Slam champion will also miss the hard court Grand Slam, which begins in the coming week.

Prior to the US Open, Djokovic spoke about their injuries. While mentioning such injuries could affect futures, he called on the need for balancing overcoming those injuries and taking part in tournaments.

He said“I know that we are not that young anymore (Roger, Serena) we can’t play as much tournaments as before. When the injury becomes chronic, it’s worrisome not just for the career, but after it as well. Overcoming the pain is part of the game, but there needs to be a balance.”

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Djokovic answers comical question from a young fan

Along with serious questions, the Serbian also answered questions from the younger audiences. A child asked who he would choose between Spider-Man and Gumby, to which the Serbian admitted he didn’t know Gumby.

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“What is Gumby, haha? I was into Spiderman, but I am gonna think about Gumby after your question,” said the 34-year-old.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point in his doubles match partnered with Viktor Troicki of Serbia against Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France during day four of the 2020 ATP Cup Group Stage at Pat Rafter Arena on January 06, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

In his quest for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam, Djokovic takes on a qualifier who remains unknown. Can the Serbian makes history in Flushing Meadows? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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