'Novak Djokovic was as if nothing had happened', says former ATP star

Serbian tennis player continues to recover from meniscus injury

by Simone Brugnoli
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'Novak Djokovic was as if nothing had happened', says former ATP star
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A man for the record books, even when it comes to injury. Novak Djokovic's recovery from the medial meniscus injury in his right knee that forced him to withdraw from Roland Garros before the quarterfinals against Casper Ruud continues at an astonishing speed.

After the arthroscopic surgery he underwent, the 37-year-old responded surprisingly well, as stated by Antoine Gerometta himself, the surgeon who operated on the 24-time slam champion. The Serb returned to walking without the aid of crutches after a week, and these days he has already returned to training.

Novak Djokovic
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A video posted by the former number one on his social channels shows how Djokovic is already back in the gym, training at an unthinkable pace after this kind of injury. It is a Nole who appeared smiling and determined, alternating between free body mobility exercises, workouts with some machines and exercise bike sessions.

The video ends with the Serbian champion first feigning a limp and then sipping a drink.

Novak Djokovic shows his progress

During a recent interview with Eurosport, Nicolas Almagro opened up on Novak Djokovic: “I tore my meniscus in a very similar situation. The gestures I made were very similar to those of Djokovic. It didn’t seem like anything, but when I stood up, I felt very unstable and couldn’t continue,” he recalled.

“As I saw it, it was clear to me that it was the meniscus. But then I saw him so good in the last set that I began to doubt. Because I couldn’t move and he was as if nothing had happened.”

Novak Djokovic
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Signs of absolute recovery therefore for Djokovic, who will try to arrive at Wimbledon in the best possible condition.

As Gerometta declared, however, the chances that the native of Belgrade will arrive at 100% at the Slam on grass are really low. The surgeon who performed the operation had said he was impressed by the threshold of the Serbian tennis player.

Regarding the extent of the injury, however, he preferred to remain cautious: "I was transparent with the team and with Novak, it will depend on how his knee reacts". The 24-time slam champion will have to defend the 1200 points obtained in the last edition, when he surrendered to Carlos Alcaraz in one of the most spectacular finals of recent years.

However, the curiosity remains to find out in what condition he will arrive at the third major of the year and if he will be able to land yet another blow in his incredible career.

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