Breaking news: Novak Djokovic withdraws from Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic has been dealing with a right knee issues

by Jovica Ilic
Breaking news: Novak Djokovic withdraws from Roland Garros
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World no. 1 Novak Djokovic will not defend his Roland Garros title! Novak struggled with a right knee injury against Francisco Cerundolo in the fourth round on Monday, prevailing in five sets but raising doubts about the rest of his campaign.

Djokovic underwent an MRI on Tuesday and decided to withdraw ahead of the quarter-final duel with Casper Ruud. Thus, the Norwegian will compete in the semi-final against Alexander Zverev or Alex de Minaur. Novak failed to defend 2000 ATP points, losing the ATP throne and announcing Jannik Sinner as the new world no.

1! The Serb has been dealing with the pain in his knee for a couple of weeks, suffering an early loss in Rome and failing to lift the trophy in Geneva ahead of Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Novak Djokovic withdrew from Roland Garros due to a knee injury.

The 24-time Major winner gave everything to achieve a good result in Paris, scoring two five-setter wins but withdrawing ahead of the quarter-final, not risking more serious issues and hoping to recover by Wimbledon.

Novak did not like the court conditions against Lorenzo Musetti in the third round, prevailing in five sets at 3:06 am and entering another challenging duel two days later. Djokovic grabbed the opener against Cerundolo before falling in the second set and increasing the pain in his knee, blasting the organizers and the conditions on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Novak trailed 4-2 in the fourth set and saved a break point at 5-5, passing all the obstacles and booking a place in the last eight.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

However, he raised his doubts during the press conference, admitting he could skip the next match.

That became a reality on Tuesday, and we will not see the rematch of last year's final. Djokovic is yet to reach the final in 2024 following his stellar run in the previous season. He allowed Jannik Sinner to close the gap and take the throne from him after Roland Garros.

Novak will now focus on recovery, hoping to return at 100% ahead of his beloved Wimbledon, where he lost the title clash to Carlos Alcaraz a year ago in five sets. Djokovic wants to play injury-free tennis in the upcoming weeks, setting his eyes on Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Paris, his greatest goal this season.

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