Novak Djokovic accused of faking: ‘If he was really injured, he wouldn’t have kept playing…’
Taylor Fritz has accused Novak Djokovic of exaggerating his injury during their Australian Open third round match on Friday.
Djokovic broke down with what he later said he thought was an abdominal muscle tear. He was leading by two sets at the time, with Fritz winning the third and fourth set to level the match against a clearly struggling Serbian.
However, Djokovic was able to rally in the fifth and reel off four games in a row to win a remarkable victory.
After the match, Djokovic said he believed himself unlikely to be able to carry on in the tournament, but Fritz isn’t sure he’s having any of that.
“If he was really, really injured, he wouldn’t have kept playing,” Fritz told reporters.
“He looked like he was struggling in the third and fourth, he didn’t look like he was struggling in the fifth.
“Maybe he fought through it. I’m happy for him he had such a good recovery.”
“Fifth set, he looked pretty good to me! I have to give credit in the fifth set, he was really good. Nothing like the third and fourth set.
“He was serving unbelievable, two first serves and barely missing any spots.”
Novak Djokovic is due to play Milos Raonic in the next round although fans are anxiously awaiting a fitness update.
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