The world number one in the quarterfinals of the French Open had an unexpected opponent, bigger than on the court. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic had to deal with his health. He admitted that it took him about a hundred and a half to get to the correct operating temperature in a duel against Pablo Carreñ when he had a sore neck and left shoulder. In the end, he won 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 3, 6: 4.
“I didn’t really feel very well today when I went to the court. A few things happened to me during the game,” said Djokovic, who has been playing with a tape on the back of his neck since the beginning and had his upper arm treated during the match.
The health problems of the 33-year-old Serb apparently limited him with a two-handed backhand and lost the set for the first time in the tournament. “It got better during the match and it didn’t hurt that much anymore. The opponent was about a hundred and a half better, dictating the game. I just rode. I didn’t have much energy in my legs or movement in general. It took about a hundred and a half before I started feel good, “said Djokovic.
The Belgrade native did not want to specify the exact nature of his health problems. “I had neck and shoulder problems. I’d rather not discuss it much. In the end, I’m still in the tournament, so I don’t want to reveal too much.”
Djokovic fought Carren for almost a day exactly a month after he inadvertently fired a ball at the line referee in an anger in the US Open round of the US Open and was disqualified. However, he did not take the Paris duel in retaliation for the incident. “I’ve told you many times that I’ve overcome it. I don’t think about it at all. Really, zero percent,” Djokovic told reporters, for whom disqualification in New York was the only defeat of the season.
In his tenth semifinal at Roland Garros, the winner of the 2016 tournament will face the representative of the young generation Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday. “I expect a very difficult match, for both of us. He is a tall boy with a great serve, he also has a strong forehand. I hope I will feel the best I can,” added Djokovic, who is aiming for the 18th grand slam title in Paris.