“Novak Djokovic zmuszony wycofać się z French Open po kontuzji kolana – oddaje pozycję nr 1 Jannickowi Sinnerowi”

By | June 4, 2024

“Novak Djokovic zmuszony wycofać się z French Open po kontuzji kolana – oddaje pozycję nr 1 Jannickowi Sinnerowi”

The men’s world tennis No 1 Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the French Open in advance of his quarter-final match due to a knee injury, tournament organisers said on Tuesday.

Top seed and defending champion Djokovic was scheduled to play Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals. Norwegian seventh seed Ruud will therefore progress straight to the semi-finals.

Djokovic had cast doubt on his fitness after fighting back to beat Francisco ­Cerúndolo in five sets on Monday.

“Due to a torn medial meniscus in his right knee (discovered during an MRI scan performed today), Novak Djokovic, who was supposed to play Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals tomorrow, has been forced to withdraw from the Roland-Garros tournament” the French Open released in a statement.

Novak Djokovic showcased his resilience and skill in a thrilling fourth-round victory over Francisco Cerundolo at Roland-Garros on Monday.

Just 37 hours after a grueling match against Lorenzo Musetti, Djokovic was on Court Philippe-Chatrier for an even longer battle, eventually triumphing 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The World No. 1 and 24-time Grand Slam champion overcame the Argentine despite several injury scares and issues with the court’s condition, securing the win in a marathon four hours and 39 minutes. This followed his four-hour and 29-minute struggle against Musetti in the previous round, highlighting Djokovic’s exceptional stamina and determination.

“Again a big, big, big thank you because once again like the last match. The win is your win,” Djokovic told the supportive crowd during his on-court interview.

With this victory, Djokovic made history at Roland-Garros. He matched Roger Federer’s record of 369 Grand Slam wins after defeating Musetti, and Monday’s success set a new benchmark with 370 victories in the Open Era. Additionally, Djokovic’s progression to the quarterfinals marked his 59th last-eight appearance at a Grand Slam, surpassing Federer’s record of 58.

Next, Djokovic will face Casper Ruud in Wednesday’s quarterfinal on Philippe-Chatrier, as he continues his quest for a 25th Grand Slam title. Notably, the Serbian has yet to win a title in 2024, adding extra significance to his ongoing campaign at Roland-Garros.

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