Novak Djokovic: I'm under very strong pain killers



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Novak Djokovic: I'm under very strong pain killers

17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic insisted that he was in a tough place prior to his Australian Open round-of-16 clash and that he was unsure whether he would be able to play against Canadian Milos Raonic. Djokovic, a record eight-time Australian Open champion, suffered a strain injury in his Australian Open round-of-16 clash but managed to beat Taylor Fritz in five sets.

On Sunday, Djokovic managed to get out on the court and beat Raonic in four sets 716 (4) 4-6 6-1 6-4 to progress into the Australian Open quarterfinal. "If I wasn't in the condition, I'd pull out. There was a big cloud of doubt whether I was going to play or not...

I'm not really sure whether it suited me that we didn't have long exchanges - it probably did," Djokovic said on Eurosport, as revealed by George Bellshaw.

Djokovic taking strong pain killers

Djokovic did everything he could to get out on the court and play against 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Raonic.

"Right now, in my head, it's all about recovery. I just really want to try and feel better and better. I'm under pain killers for more than 48 hours, very strong ones. I don't know the damage that's been done.

There's always more damage," Djokovic added. Djokovic, who claimed his eighth Australian Open title after beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final at Melbourne Park last year, is chasing his ninth title at Melbourne Park.

"If it's any other tournament than a Grand Slam, I would withdraw from the event, that's for sure. But I want to give my best to try and recover and get on the court. I didn't know before I finished my warm-up whether I was going to play or not," Djokovic acknowledged. Djokovic plays next against 2020 US Open runner-up Alexander Zverev, who beat Dusan Lajovic to make the quarterfinal.