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I drank all the painkillers

Novak Djokovic said he “drank all the painkillers in the world” to be able to finish his 2021 Australian Open campaign. In the 2021 Australian Open third round, Djokovic reptured one of his abdominal muscles. Djokovic was able to beat Taylor Fritz in five sets and progress into the last-16 but the rest of the tournament was a constant fight to be able to go out and compete in the next match.

In the end, Djokovic reached the final – in which he saw off Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win a record ninth Australian Open title. This Wimbledon, Nadal sustained an abdominal tear and was forced to withdraw from his semifinal match versus Nick Kyrgios.

“I don’t know exactly what kind of injury he (Nadal) has,” Djokovic told Serbian reporters, per Sportskeeda. “From what I’ve heard, it’s a torn stomach muscle – but I don’t know which one. I experienced a rupture…


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