After a sweet success, Djokovic faces a side effect with a muscle tear

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic will have to spend some time on the sidelines to recover from a muscle tear that handicapped him in the later rounds of the Australian Open, the Serb said as he celebrated his ninth title at Melbourne Park on Monday.

The 33-year-old extended his own record with an emphatic 7-5-6-2-2 win over Daniil Medvedev at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday despite being injured in the third round of the tournament.

Djokovic showed his trophy on the beach in Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne on Monday, and said a second scan of his stomach revealed that he had made the injury worse from playing.

“I just got back from another MRI I did this morning and the damage is greater than when I did the first MRI after the third round,” he told reporters.

“It’s not bad to judge what the doctor said, but I need to take some time off and heal. The tear is bigger.”

The injury wasn’t the only problem Djokovic struggled with during his time in Australia.

The number one in the world angered some locals as he made suggestions to organizers on how to improve quarantine conditions for players.

The ups and downs of what he called the “roller coaster” of a trip Down Under had made his 18th Grand Slam title triumph all the more satisfying.

“I consider it a great experience and a unique trip and I would definitely remember it and try to get a lot of positive aspects out of it,” he said.

“I’ve learned a lot of lessons and learned a lot of things about myself and everything that has been going on in the last five to six weeks, but I think everything that happened on and off the pitch made up this win. ” better and even sweeter. “

Djokovic said he celebrated his triumph by calling his family back home in Serbia and sitting down for dinner with a cake.

“I used to go wild and go to discos and nightclubs and God knows what, and now it’s a little different,” he said.

“A different kind of celebration, more like a home, a celebration with family and close people.”

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