From Setback to Comeback: Novak Djokovic's Surgery Update Inspires Fans

Novak Djokovic underwent a knee procedure in Paris on Wednesday

by Jovica Ilic
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From Setback to Comeback: Novak Djokovic's Surgery Update Inspires Fans
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World no. 1 Novak Djokovic underwent a successful knee procedure in Paris. Novak shared positive news with his fans following a tough decision, updating his fans and saying everything went well. Djokovic thanked the team of doctors and his fans, who have been by his side at a challenging moment.

The 24-time Major winner will do his best to recover and return to action as soon as possible, highlighting his desire to regain his A-game and chase notable titles again at 37. Novak is yet to reach an ATP final in 2024, failing to repeat his incredible run from last year.

The veteran came to Paris with a right knee issue (medial meniscus), which only worsened following back-to-back five-setters.

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

Djokovic prevailed but decided to withdraw and undergo a meniscus surgery the next day, eager to return to 100% for the Olympic Games.

Novak should recover in three weeks and return to the practice court. He will likely skip Wimbledon, but another trip to Paris in July for the Olympic Games seems doable. Djokovic will do everything to prepare for the Olympic Games and chase the elusive gold medal in the national jersey.

Novak did not like the conditions on Court Philippe-Chatrier against Lorenzo Musetti and Francisco Cerundolo. He endured those tests but paid a high price, not risking anything ahead of the most important tournament of the season!

Djokovic ousted Musetti with a bagel in the decider at 3:06 am, hoping to recover for the next duel two days later.

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

Novak Djokovic feels fine following a knee procedure.

Novak made a reliable start against Francisco before slipping in the second set, blasting the organizers and blaming the court and the lack of clay.

World no. 1 urged the officials to sweep the court more frequently and repair the troubled spots, which they refused without a valid reason. The Serb took a medical timeout and a couple of massages, doing his best to stay competitive.

Novak felt better after taking the painkillers, raising his level from the second part of the fourth set and coming from the verge of defeat. The Argentine grabbed the fourth set in the closing stages and took charge in the third, outplaying world no.

1 on serve and return and moving closer to a stunner.

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

Francisco opened a 4-2 lead in the fourth set, looking good to send troubled Novak packing.

However, the Serb found inner strength again, combining it with painkillers and preparing a notable comeback. Djokovic broke back, denied a break point at 5-5 and clinched the set with another break in game 12. They went into a decider after nearly three hours and 50 minutes and traded breaks in games two and three.

Novak took another fall in the fourth game but kept his composure. He grabbed a crucial break in the eighth game and held at 15 in the next one for a notable win, his last in Paris this year.

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