Rublev said he tried not to think about Djokovic’s injury during the quarterfinal match
Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev commented on the defeat of Serb Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2023. His words leads the official website of the tournament.
“I tried not to think about a possible injury to Novak. I just tried to repeat to myself: “Don’t give up, try to play one more game, you never know what can happen,” the athlete said. He noted that in none of their previous joint matches Djokovic played so well.
The head of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpishchev, said that Rublev lost to the Serbian tennis player in the class. “Djokovic is playing like a fan all over the court – Rublev was predictable for him today. Novak approached the ball comfortably in almost every episode, ”added the functionary.
Earlier on Wednesday, January 25, Rublev lost to Djokovic in three sets with a score of 6:2, 6:2, 6:4 and ended his performance in the tournament. The game lasted 2 hours and 5 minutes. Earlier in the 1/8 finals, Djokovic complained of a hip injury.
The Russians play at tournaments of the Association of Tennis Professionals and the Women’s Tennis Association, including the Australian Open, in a neutral status. Athletes are deprived of the flag and anthem.
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