MADRID, Jan. 11 (.) –
The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic cut short a training match with the Russian Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday due to hamstring discomfort, a physical problem that has dragged on since Adelaide, when there is less than a week left before the start of the Australian Open.
“It’s a hamstring problem that I had in Adelaide last week. It was in the semi-finals against Medvedev, and today I played him in a training match,” the nine-time Australian Grand Slam champion explained to Nine’s. Wide World of Sports.
The 35-year-old tennis player reported that he felt “a little” how his hamstrings “pulled” him, so he did not want to risk “something worse.” “I played a set, I apologized to him and he was understanding,” he added, stressing that it was a preventive decision, since he only wanted to “avoid major scares before the Australian Open,” which starts this Monday, January 16.
The Serb is also scheduled to play a training match this week against local Nick Kyrgios. Djokovic beat American Sebastian Korda (6-7 (8), 7-6 (3), 6-4) this Sunday in the final of the Adelaide (Australia) tournament and won his 92nd individual title. In this way, he became the fourth player with the most individual titles in the history of the ATP circuit, equaling the Spanish Rafa Nadal.