Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has found the full scope of his abilities after appearing below par for several weeks. As he crushed Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic was back to his ruthless form after struggling with a tightly wrapped left hamstring in the lead-up events and giving optimism to a men's field full of upsets.
Before facing Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, the 21-time major champion had lost just one set in four matches. However, it was unexpectedly against French qualifier Enzo Couacaud in the second round. In a three-hour battle, the 27th seed Grigor Dimitrov forced him to a first-set tie-break in the third round. To avoid getting ahead of himself, the 35-year-old noted the ailment had fluctuated up and down during the competition. However, against de Minaur, he did not feel at all constrained.
Novak Djokovic has defended himself after being accused of exaggerating the severity of his hamstring injury, according to Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka asserted that athletes shouldn't be viewed as "villains" and expressed sympathy for how Djokovic was being handled. Victoria Azarenka supported Novak Djokovic, who has been accused of dramatizing his ailment during this year's tournament. She said it took her ten years to get over being suspected of cheating when she last won the Australian Open.
According to Azarenka, the fallout from having to take a nine-minute break during the 2013 Australian Open semi-final due to a panic attack was the worst thing she had ever experienced in her professional career. “The way I was treated after that incident and having to defend myself till 10.30 p.m. because people didn't want to, believe me, was among the worst experiences of my professional career”, she told reporters.
According to reports, Djokovic claimed that he had been unfairly singled out for conjecture on the severity of his ailments during the Serbian section of his press conference. According to reports, he has scans from this year and 2021, when identical inquiries about an apparent abdominal injury were made, which he may eventually make public.
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