'Novak Djokovic plays space tennis at that age', says Popovic

Nole Djokovic had suffered a medial meniscus tear

by Simone Brugnoli
'Novak Djokovic plays space tennis at that age', says Popovic
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The knee tests probably gave negative results and Novak Djokovic announced that he would not take part in the Roland Garros quarterfinals. The Serbian champion has had to deal with the knee problem in recent weeks, as he explained in a press conference, but during the match against Francisco Cerundolo a slip made the situation worse.

The Belgrade native somehow managed to turn around a match that seemed lost by winning in the fifth set, but warned everyone that he would have to check the condition of his knee before deciding whether or not to take to the court with Casper Ruud.

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

Djokovic faced issues with his knee

The instrumental tests he underwent have evidently alarmed Novak Djokovic, especially considering that Wimbledon and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are on the horizon, which he cares a lot about. Djokovic's conditions will be evaluated in the coming weeks.

A withdrawal that will allow Jannik Sinner to officially become the new world number one starting next Monday and regardless of the result he achieves at Roland Garros.

The Serbian has not yet released any official statements, but he will certainly speak to the media or at least update his fans via his social profiles.

Theoretically Nole could try to play Wimbledon but he would be risking a lot, especially in view of the Olympics. Barring any resounding twists and turns, therefore, the tennis player will work directly for the Olympics, and Serbian physiotherapist Dobrosav Melajac reassured SportKlub's microphones, “It's not realistic that Nole will be ready for Wimbledon, especially given the change of surface to grass and he would definitely take risks.

In a recent interview with SportKlub, former Serbian player Petar Popovic opened up on Nole: "The first culprit for the injury is the aging... I said exactly a year ago that it could happen, a knee injury... Nole plays space tennis at that age, and at that age, it's not easy to recover... Federer also had a problem with the meniscus, those are the years," Popovic said in an interview with SportKlub.

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