Roddick worries about Djokovic: “I’m scared”
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Roddick worries about Djokovic: “I’m scared”

Everyone hopes so Novak Djokovic he will come back even stronger than before, after knee surgery, which he suffered as a result of physical problems that occurred during the match against Francisco Cerundolo at Roland Garros. Legend of American tennis Andy Roddickin his podcast, he expressed his opinion on the period Novak is going through, saying that he is worried about the Serbian champion.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic © Getty Images Sport – Clive Brunskill

Having had a similar meniscus problem to the Serbian at a young age, Andy gave the 37-year-old from Belgrade some advice:

“Obviously it was a younger body and I played like that for four or five months. It happened again a few months ago and I rested, but the difference is that I don’t have to play at Wimbledon in a month. “This surgery, at least according to all the guys I’ve seen, including myself, rules out the Olympics and puts the London Open at serious risk.” he told Roddick.

He has a knee problem that affects his mobility, which helps him a lot in the defensive phase of the court.

“Is his special quality the ability to destroy people, to stay in matches, to move opponents from one side to the other? Novak needs his legs and defensive skills. He’s probably the best defensive player in tennis history, and you rely on your legs to defend. Betting against the big boys is up to you, but when you’re 37 and starting knee surgery, knee meniscus damage isn’t a big deal at 24, 25. 26, but it happened at the worst time because it’s the shortest period between Slams tournaments. I would say that grass is the best surface for him at the moment and the worst for the opponents he faces. It would be a terrible blow that would also jeopardize the US Open and he could end this season and make one last attempt next year. He is expected to recover by 2025. Roddick added.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic © Getty Images Sport – Clive Brunskill

On Wednesday, Djokovic underwent surgery to finally resolve the meniscus problem he suffered during the Roland Garros tournament. The Serbian champion, who withdrew from the quarterfinals of the Paris Slam, decided not to wait and start competing immediately to recover as quickly as possible. The 24-time Slam champion will be sidelined for around three or four weeks and will almost certainly miss the next Wimbledon tournament: not for London, but yes for the Olympics, a great goal of the season and the only trophy missing from his magnificent collection.

“In recent days I had to make some very important decisions after damaging my meniscus during the last match. I’m still processing what happened, but I’m happy to say that the surgery went well. I am truly grateful to the team of doctors who were by my side.”

Djokovic decided to undergo surgery on the meniscus of his right knee to recover as quickly as possible after the injury, which deepened during the match deciding to advance to the quarterfinals of Roland Garros against Cerundolo, which I mentioned in the first part of the article. Despite the pain, the Serb still won the match, throwing his heart over the obstacle and winning the fifth set. Subsequent instrumental tests, however, revealed a serious meniscus injury that should keep Nole off the field for at least a month. The injury thwarted his plans, but the Serb will do everything in his power to gain a chance at the Olympic Games. There should be three weeks between your surgery and your first attempt to return to work. Times that make his participation at Wimbledon almost impossible.

In an interview with “L’Équipe”, Antoine Gerometta, Djokovic’s operating doctor, made it very clear.

“Wimbledon? For me it is unlikely that he will be able to get back to 100% in three weeks.” he said.