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Novak Djokovic has to take a break for “some time” after his 9th title at the Australian Open. An MRI examination showed that his injury to the oblique abdominal muscles had worsened due to the strain, said the 33-year-old Serb on Monday and spoke of a 25 millimeter long tear. How long he will pause, he did not say.
“According to the doctor, it’s not too bad, but I need to take time out and let it heal. The crack is bigger, ”said Djokovic, who had triumphed over Russian Daniil Medvedev on Sunday with an impressive 7: 5, 6: 2, 6: 2.
The injury had severely restricted the world number one in the course of the tournament. After his quarter-final success against Alexander Zverev, he was able to cope better with the pain and finally won his 18th Grand Slam title. Critical voices had accused the Serb of only simulating the injury. It is impossible to act at this level with a muscle tear.
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