Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has revealed that he didn't watch the Australian Open third round clash between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, struggled with a side injury but he managed to beat Fritz 7-6 (1) 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-2 and each the Australian Open round-of-16.
After winning two sets in a row to force a decider, Fritz appeared to be closer to victory since Djokovic was clearly far from his best on the court. But the record eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic delivered in the fifth set and survived a Fritz challenge.
"I didn't watch the match. I think it was too late. Bedtime for me. I hear he played really well in the fifth. I don't have much more information. I heard he was kind of injured. I'm not even sure. It happens to everyone.
I don't know if he is actually injured," Tsitsipas said of Djokovic, per George Bellshaw.
Djokovic was worried
After beating Fritz, Djokovic acknowledged that he was unsure whether he would be able to play his next match against Milos Raonic.
"I’m obviously very, very proud of this but at the same time also a bit worried because I don’t know what’s going on and I think it’s a tear," Djokovic said. “I had a kind of weird feeling on one of the returns just before I got a medical time out and I knew right away that something not so great is happening.
“It was confirmed by a physio from the ATP, but let’s see. I don’t know. I don’t have a great experience with tears in terms of continuing in the tournament, so that’s something which is kind of in the clouds for me at the moment, whether I’m going to step out on the court in two days. “Hopefully, god-willing I’ll be able to play”.