Breaking news: Novak Djokovic undergoes meniscus surgery in Paris

Novak Djokovic withdrew from Roland Garros following the fourth-round victory

by Jovica Ilic
Breaking news: Novak Djokovic undergoes meniscus surgery in Paris
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World no. 1 Novak Djokovic will undergo a meniscus surgery in the Parisian clinic on Wednesday morning, a day after withdrawing from Roland Garros! Novak decided to fix the issue with his troubled right knee without delay, hoping to prepare for the Olympic Games and almost certainly skipping his beloved Wimbledon.

Djokovic will take at least three weeks to recover, and his main goal is to get back to 100% ahead of the Olympic Games in Paris. Novak is eager to recover for the most important tournament of the season and earn a chance to fight for the only missing title in his rich collection.

However, it all depends on surgery and his recovery process. Novak arrived in Paris with a troubled medial meniscus of his right knee, and it became worse following back-to-back five-setters.

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Djokovic passed two stern tests against Lorenzo Musetti and Francisco Cerundolo before deciding to withdraw, not risking even more serious injury.

Djokovic underwent an MRI on Tuesday, a day after beating Cerundolo, and it confirmed a medial meniscus tear. Novak announced his withdrawal and underwent surgery the following day, hoping to recover as soon as possible. Djokovic was unhappy about the conditions on Court Philippe-Chatrier in the two mentioned matches, with things culminating in facing the Argentine on Monday.

Novak won the opening set without problems before taking a fall early in the second set, blaming the court and the lack of clay. World no. 1 advised the officials to sweep the clay more frequently and fix the troubled spots, which they refused.

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

Novak Djokovic underwent a knee procedure in Paris on Wednesday.

Djokovic took a medical timeout and a couple of massages, doing his best to stay competitive.

The Serb felt better after taking the painkillers, regaining his composure in the second part of the fourth set and prevailing for another incredible victory. Cerundolo played at a high level and pushed Djokovic to the limits after taming his strokes nicely.

Francisco prevailed in the second set with a late break and dominated the third, serving well and taking charge on the return. Cerundolo moved closer to a career-best victory after breaking Djokovic in the fourth set, moving 4-2 in front and closer to the finish line.

However, Novak stayed composed and refused to surrender.

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

He pulled the break back and saved a break point at 5-5 to stay on the positive side.

Djokovic grabbed a late break in the 12th game, forcing a decider after three hours and 47 minutes. The Serb grabbed a break in the second game of the final set before the Argentine broke back in game three. Novak took another fall in the fourth game but stayed composed, earning a decisive break in the eighth game and sealing the deal with a hold at 15 in game nine.

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