No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic did everything he could to be able to play against Milos Raonic and now he hopes to be ready for the Australian Open quarterfinal against Alexander Zverev. Djokovic, who suffered a strain injury in the third round, overcame Raonic in four sets to advance to the quarterfinal at Melbourne Park.
"I did a lot of recovery, different treatments with different devices, a lot of time on the table, painkillers. I don’t want to get into it what it is while I am still in the tournament, but I did an MRI and I know what it is," Djokovic said, per Sasa Ozmo.
"I definitely wouldn’t be playing if this wasn’t a Slam. I want to do everything possible to play. I am an aggressive mover and it’s best of 5, those things doesn’t help, but I have to deal with the pain mentally.
I have 40 hours, which is great about Slams."
Djokovic hopes his condition won't get wors
"Medical team told me that it is a gamble while I’m on the court. It could cause much more damage, but it could do in a good direction.
I won’t know until I stop taking pain killers, they kind of hide what is really happening. I will take the time off afterwards," Djokovic admitted. Djokovic is now set for a tough quarterfinal as he plays next against German tennis star Zverev.
"There is definitely going to me more rallies, but he is a great server as well. I like my chances if I feel 10% better than today," Djokovic said. Djokovic doesn't expect to be out for an extended period of time after the Australian Open.
"I talked a lot with medical teams, mine and one of the Australian Open. They share an opinion that there is a slim chance for me to miss an extended period of time. They don’t think it will jeopardize my season, maybe some tournaments afterwards," Djokovic added.