Following his 7-5, 6-2 loss today to Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo semifinals, defending champion Novak Djokovic spoke about his injured right wrist which hampered him during the match.
“The good thing is I don’t need to have surgery,” said Djokovic. “I don’t have anything ruptured or something like that. I’m going to go see doctors tonight and then tomorrow again have another MRI.
“I really don’t know what’s the diagnosis, to be honest,” he said. “I just rest now. I cannot play tennis for some time. How long, I don’t know. It’s really not in my hands anymore. I’m going to rest and see when it can heal 100%, then I will be back on the court.”
Djokovic revealed the injury at the start of the week but lost just two games in his first two matches. Then today with the wrist heavily wrapped he inflamed the injury in the first set.
“From the end of the first and the whole second, every shot was painful, especially with the serve,” he said. “I am a professional athlete. I fight. I compete. I don’t like to withdraw from tournaments. I don’t like to retire my matches. I like to play to the last point.
“The pain was there every single day from 10 days ago. At some stages it was very painful. Between the first and second match I had a day off so I didn’t practice at all and I healed a little bit. Then again I started playing.
“I had two weeks between Miami and Monte Carlo. It’s not like I was tired or I had some long trips or something like that. It just happened during the practice week. Sometimes it just happens. It’s not predictable.”
As Djokovic said, he will undergo an MRI which could reveal further damage to the wrist potentially requiring surgery. Wrists injuries in tennis can derail a tennis career. Juan Martin del Potro has already missed significant time with his wrist issues. Youngster And also this year Laura Robson will miss both the French and Wimbledon due to her wrist problems.
Djokovic isn’t scheduled against for two week when the Madrid Masters starts up.
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