The worrying image of Novak Djokovic in his last match: “It’s not nice to suffer like this on the court”

The worrying image of Novak Djokovic in his last match: “It’s not nice to suffer like this on the court”
The worrying image of Novak Djokovic in his last match: “It’s not nice to suffer like this on the court”

Novak Djokovic shaking in his last match

Novak Djokovic He was eliminated in the semifinals of the ATP in Geneva (Switzerland) at the hands of Tomas Machac. The Czech beat him in three sets (6-4, 0-6 and 6-1) and left him without another final in the circuit that he leads as world No. 1 this season. Beyond the setback prior to his debut at Roland Garros this Sunday against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nole He left an image that sparked the concern of all fans.

During a period of rest, he appeared shaky and sad. He even showed signs of dizziness and was evidently under a lot of stress and going through heat stroke. After the match, the Serbian himself mentioned: “When I arrived here I expected to play more than one match and I played three. But I wish I could feel better. It’s not nice to suffer like this on the field. It’s hard to focus on tennis when you have other things on your mind. I just hope to be ready and in good health for Roland-Garros.”

After losing the first set, the 37-year-old tennis player asked for medical assistance and they helped lower his temperature with ice towels, something unusual considering that it was only 17 degrees in Geneva and Djokovic doesn’t even usually order that type of soft drink in Australia with 40 degrees of temperature. That stop helped him win seven games in a row, although in the third set the Czech won easily.

Nole He was pessimistic about what his performance at Roland Garros will be like: “Of course I’m worried. This year I haven’t played well at all, except for a few games here and there. Things are as they are. I don’t see myself as a favorite in Paris. I will try to take the games one after the other. I didn’t have a great night and today was difficult. I had horrible feelings during the first part of the game. I don’t want to take away credit from Tomás (Machac), who deserved his victory, but I don’t know what to think of this match. I prefer to forget it. I also don’t know how I could win the second set.”

We must not lose sight of the fact that weeks ago he was accidentally hit in the head with a bottle while signing autographs for fans. Although he took the subject with humor, he later lost in the Masters 1000 in Rome with the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo and recognized that he was affected by what happened hours before: “I went through half an hour or an hour of nausea, dizziness, blood, a lot of different things. I managed to sleep well, but I had headaches. The way I felt on the court today was completely like a different player had put on my shoes. No rhythm, no tempo, no balance at all in any shot. It’s a little worrying”, he stated at the time.

Finally, Djokovic said goodbye to Switzerland with frustration on his back, even after having savored his 1,100th victory on his birthday (May 22) against the German Yannick Hanfmann (6-3 and 6-3). At the age of 37, he became the third tennis player in the history of the Open Era to reach that mark: the others were the American Jimmy Connors (1,274 wins) and the Swiss Roger Federer (1,251).

With a different mood and expression, he had declared after moving to the quarterfinals: “The key was the birthday. The birthday probably wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t won the match, but it’s nice to be here for the first time in this tournament, with my family coming to support me too. I have grown up with my aunt, uncle, and two cousins ​​most of my life. We don’t get the chance to see each other much lately, so it’s really nice. “I am having a very pleasant time on the track, but also off it.”

Although several tournaments remain to be played, Djokovic continues without appearing in finals so far this year, something that hasn’t happened since 2006 (Since 2007, the year in which he played the decisive duels in Indian Wells and the US Open, he has always played at least one final).

He lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open against the Italian Jannick Sinner, was defeated by the Italian Luca Nardi in the third round of Indian Wells, also lost in the semifinals against the Norwegian Casper Ruud in Monte Carlo and had just been eliminated by the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo in the third round in Rome.

Djokovic was defeated in Geneva (Photo: Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

 
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