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Djokovic after Aussie win: I am not ‘faking’ damage

Djokovic after Aussie win: I am not ‘faking’ damage

Djokovic cruises previous De Minaur to succeed in quarterfinals (0:41)

Novak Djokovic advances to the Australian Open quarterfinals after defeating Alex de Minaur in straight units. (0:41)

Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has stated he doesn’t “must show something to anybody” as he responded to folks saying he’s “faking” his damage on the Australian Open.

Djokovic was dominant in a straight-sets win towards Australian Alex De Minaur on Monday to increase his profitable run on the Grand Slam to 25 matches regardless of coping with a hamstring damage.

The Serbian quashed media feedback questioning whether or not he’s actually injured.

“I depart the doubting to these folks — allow them to doubt,” he stated. “Solely my accidents are questioned. When another gamers are injured, then they’re the victims, however when it’s me, I’m faking it. It is rather attention-grabbing. I do not really feel that I must show something to anybody.

“I’ve obtained the MRI, ultrasound and the whole lot else, each from two years in the past and now. Whether or not I’ll publish that in my documentary or on social media is dependent upon how I really feel. Possibly I’ll do it, possibly I will not.

“I’m not actually at this level what individuals are pondering and saying. It’s enjoyable, it’s attention-grabbing to see how the narrative surrounding me continues, narrative that’s completely different in comparison with different gamers which were going by means of related conditions.

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“However I’m used to it, and it simply provides me additional energy and motivation. So I thank them for that.”

Djokovic didn’t compete within the Australian Open final 12 months, as he was deported on the eve of the event in Melbourne after he arrived within the nation with out being vaccinated towards COVID-19.

The No. 4 seed for the event received the Grand Slam in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and he has returned in dominant type to arrange a quarterfinal tie with Andrey Rublev on Wednesday.

Requested about Djokovic’s damage, De Minaur stated: “I believe everybody’s sort of seeing what’s been occurring over the couple weeks. It is the one factor everybody’s been speaking about.

“I used to be on the market on court docket towards him. Both I am not a adequate tennis participant to reveal that, or it seemed good to me.”

Djokovic was backed by former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who recalled being questioned over her 10-minute timeout for a rib damage within the Australian Open semifinal match towards Sloane Stephens in 2013.

Talking on Tuesday, Azarenka stated: “[The Stephens fallout] was one of many worst issues that I’ve ever gone by means of in my skilled profession, the way in which I used to be handled after that second, the way in which I needed to clarify myself till 10:30 p.m. at night time as a result of folks did not wish to consider me.

“I truly can resonate what Novak stated the opposite day. There may be typically, like, I do not know, unbelievable need for a villain and a hero story that needs to be written. However we’re not villains, we’re not heroes, we’re common human beings that undergo so many, many issues.”

“Assumptions and judgments, all these feedback, are simply s— as a result of no person’s there to see the complete story. It did not matter what number of occasions I stated my story, it didn’t reduce by means of.”

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