Aus Open 2021 Result LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz- Defending champion Novak Djokovic is battling an injury at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne in what seems to be a pulled muscle in the side. He has taken a lengthy medical timeout in the third set. Djokovic appeared struggling to move about the court. World No.1 managed his composure and keep hitting shots that he could. As per reports, his serve dropped 11 mph following the injury.
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Djokovic’s trainer came onto the court and rubbed some ointment on his skin but Djokovic still looked struggling when he resumed play. On his service, the Serbian Tennis Pro made several unforced errors and seemed uncomfortable even in forehand shots. Djokovic showed his pain when he was 3-4 behind the 27th seed Taylor Fritz.
More treatment for Djokovic at the changeover at 2-3.
The problem seems to be with his right oblique/abdominal.
Currently not doing too well when stretched out wide. pic.twitter.com/G52yeU6YeN
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During the break, he was in need of another medical assistance but unable to do after already receiving help. As a result, Djokovic had to run ointment on himself and walked back to the court while rubbing his side.
Meanwhile, the organizers informed the fans to home to be home by 11:59 pm so the fans had to leave Melbourne Park by 11:30 pm.
The World No.1 has won the competition for a record eight times and he is now eyeing his third consecutive Aus Open 2021 title. He has 17 Grand Slam titles to his name, only three behind Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Rafael Nadal of Spain (20 Grand Slams each).
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