DJOKOVIC DEFIES INJURY TO WIN 300TH SLAM

Written by on February 15, 2021

NOVAK DJOKOVIC CLOCKED HIS 300TH GRAND SLAM WIN YESTERDAY, PLAYING THROUGH PAIN FROM AN ABDOMINAL INJURY THAT NEARLY FORCED HIM TO PULL OUT OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN TO OUST MILOS RAONIC AND MAKE THE QUARTER-FINALS.

THE WORLD NUMBER ONE TOOK TO THE COURT DESPITE SUGGESTING HIS TITLE DEFENCE MIGHT BE OVER ON FRIDAY AFTER SUSTAINING THE INJURY IN A THRILLING FIVE-SETTER AGAINST TAYLOR FRITZ.

HE BATTLED ON AGAINST GIANT CANADIAN RAONIC ON A FAN-LESS ROD LAVER ARENA, GRINDING THROUGH 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 TO SET UP A CLASH WITH SIXTH SEED ALEXANDER ZVEREV. BUT DJOKOVIC SAID IF IT WASN’T A GRAND SLAM, HE WOULD HAVE PULLED OUT.


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