Ex-player said age is Djokovic's real enemy: "It's like for Federer"

A former tennis player spoke out about the real reason which, in his opinion, caused the knee injury to the Serbian champion

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Ex-player said age is Djokovic's real enemy: "It's like for Federer"
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Injuries are a sword of Damocles for tennis players (as for all athletes). Sometimes you can come out of it well, other times your careers are completely compromised. think of Juan Martin Del Potro or Andy Murray, for example. Former Serbian tennis player Petar Popovic has talked about Novak Djokovic's surgery. During an interview with SportKlub, the former player analyzed his countryman's physical problems, also making a comparison with Roger Federer and underlining how advancing age is the real enemy of the Serbian champion, as it was for The Swiss Maestro.

"The real cause of Nole's injury is the advancing age, the aging of the athlete. Already a year ago I said that it could have happened, a knee injury, if you think about it, it's the same thing that held back Roger Federer, his meniscus problems and everything that affected the end of his career. Now with Nole, he still plays great tennis today despite his age but we know that now at 37 it is much more difficult to recover and this is a problem," he told.

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

Djokovic's 2024 has been up and down; the tennis player who alternated good performances with horrible defeats and, at the moment, hasn't even won a title this season. Nole's adventure at Roland Garros ended in the worst possible way. The Serbian champion was forced to retire after the injury against Cerundolo and, for this reason, he missed the eagerly awaited semi-final against Casper Ruud.

The injury suffered by Djokovic was even worse than expected. For this reason the Serbian star was forced to have knee surgery (also in Paris). A stop that will lead him to remain still for 3-4 weeks. An immediate surgery to shorten the time; Nole, barring sensational twists, will miss Wimbledon with the aim of returning to the court as soon as possible. He should be able to come back for the Paris Olympics, probably the main goal of the Serbian tennis player in this second part of the season.

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

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