Novak Djokovic Develops New Complication Ahead of French Open 2020 Semifinals

Published 10/07/2020, 5:01 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 7, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his quarter final match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Charles Platiau

World Number one Novak Djokovic is through to the 38th Grand Slam semifinal after dropping a set against his quarterfinal opponent Pablo Carreno Busta at French Open 2020. He eliminated the Spaniard 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, and will take on the Greek lad Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last-four round of the French Major.

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Before starting his quarterfinal encounter, Djokovic stepped on to the Court Philippe-Chatrier with tape on his neck. He didn’t really seem to be a hundred percent physically fit, also had something kind of discomfort with his arm. During the match, Novak took a medical time out after dropping the first set to treat his left bicep.

In his post-match presser, the Serbian legend reflected on the pains he was going through during his quarterfinal. He felt the uneasiness before his battle, but as the match sailed, the pain disappeared.

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“I had some neck issues and some shoulders issues, I don’t want to reveal too much as I am still in the tournament. Pain faded away as the match went on and I warmed up,” Novak stated.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 7, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning his quarter final match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Charles Platiau

It’s definitely a good sign for the 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic going into the semifinal of Roland Garros. Hopefully, he will take suitable treatment for the same and present his best form on Friday for his semifinal big match on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

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Novak Djokovic on matchup against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Novak Djokovic has a tough semifinal battle set up against Roland Garros semi-finals debutant Stefanos Tsitsipas. He defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets. As a result, he created history by becoming the first Greek man to reach semi-finals on the Parisian terre-battue.

“Tsitsipas is a big guy, produces a lot of spin with his backhand, his forehand and serve are big weapons, he is a complete player and one of the most hardworking guys on the Tour,” he said.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 7, 2020 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

In the other semifinal, 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will lock horns with debutant Grand Slam semi-finalist Diego Schwartzman, who earlier defeated two-time defending Roland Garros finalist and his good friend Dominic Thiem in five thrilling sets in the quarterfinals of the French Major.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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