A very scary moment for Novak Djokovic and his fans today. Up two sets and 3-2 in the third, Djokovic tumbled to the ground rolling and injuring his left shoulder in the process.
Djokovic laid on the court in pain before gingerly returning to the chair. He was later treated by tournament medical officials and returned to finish the match to beat Gilles Simon 64, 62, 64.
Djokovic explained the injury to the BBC afterward, “It was a sharp pain when I fell. It was an awkward fall. I’m just hoping there is nothing bad going on with the joint and luckily there is no damage to the joint.”
Later with the press, Djokovic elaborated on the injury.
“I talked with Boris. We obviously need to work on my diving volleys, learning how to fall down on the court. I’m not very skillful in that,” he joked.
“I tried to land on my left arm. I basically had a strong impact on the shoulder. When I stood up, you know, I felt that click or pop, whatever you call it. I feared, you know, maybe it might be a dislocated shoulder or something like that, or joint problem. But luckily for me it was only an impact that had a minor effect on the joint and the muscles around, but no damage, significant, that can cause a bigger problem. I just came from the doctor’s office, ultrasound. It’s all looking good.
“After a minute or two, I started moving my shoulder, did the regular tests with the physiotherapist and the doctor present,” he went on. “They analyzed the whole situation. They gave their expertise in trying to come up with a proper diagnosis. They said the joint is not damaged, which is the most important thing.”
Djokovic will have two days to recover and prepare for a fourth round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic leads Tsonga 12-5 winning the last 10.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 27, 2014
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