Novak Djokovic has given a rather concerning update on his hamstring injury after he was seen in pain during his second round victory at the Australian Open. Djokovic overcame a slight hurdle to defeat Enzo Couacaud 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-0 in front of a raucous Rod Laver Arena.
The game wasn't without its drama with a number of crowd members removed from the stadium after Djokovic accused one fan in particular of heckling him. He was also interrupted during his service motion.
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But the biggest concern for the Serbian would be his hamstring, which caused him trouble during the match. Towards the end of the second set, Djokovic went off to receive more strapping to his left leg.
Djokovic was also seen stretching the injured hamstring between the change of ends. Djokovic went on to reclaim momentum and race through the next two sets to win the match.
However, speaking to Eurosport after the match, Djokovic was honest about the hamstring injury. "Well to be honest, it's not good at all," Djokovic said. "But I'll take it day to day, that's all I can say."
Djokovic went on to admit that the night session threw up a bit of everything with the fans and on the court. "A little bit of everything tonight, I am just glad to get through this match," Djokovic said.
"To be honest... 𝐢𝐭'𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥"
Novak Djokovic does not feel positive about his injury - which could derail his Australian Open title hopes 😬#AusOpen | @DjokerNole | @Babsschett pic.twitter.com/5t37H7nkJz
— Eurosport (@eurosport) January 19, 2023
Novak Djokovic hits out at Australian Open fan
Djokovic calmly dealt with a fan, which he claimed was causing distracting him throughout the match The Serbian claimed one fan in particular was “drunk out of his mind” after the Serb was repeatedly heckled during the match.
In ugly scenes, three men dressed up in 'Where's Wally?' costumes could be seen yelling and gesturing towards the Serb in between his first and second serves.
During one point in the third set, Djokovic was heard yelling towards that section of the stands: “Shut up! Thank you!”️ However, at 2-0 up in the fourth set, the Serb's patience had obviously run out as he complained to officials to do something about the rowdy fans.
Djokovic fumed: “The entire night, the entire night! You know, and what are you gonna do about it? “You know who it is... The guy is drunk out of his mind, from the first point he’s been provoking me. He’s not here to watch tennis, he just wants to get in my head.
“I’m asking you - what are you gonna do about it?” You heard him at least ten times. I heard him 50 times... Why don’t you get security, get him out of the stadium?”
Eventually, security were seen escorting the three men in fancy dress costumes from the crowd, sparking cheers from other sections of the stands. Unfortuanetly, Djokovic wasn't impressed with how the situation was handled.
"Particularly one guy, you heard his voice various times tonight, was insulting me and provoking me and saying things that were not respectful at all," Djokovic said.
"I tolerated for over one-and-a-half hours, almost two hours. I was giving signs to the chair umpire, looking at the chair umpire looking at the guy.
"I think the chair umpire, supervisor, whoever is responsible for handling the crowd, should have done a bit more." Djokovic said he feared he would now look like a "bad guy" because it was his complaint that led to the spectators being kicked out.
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