Novak Djokovic‘s campaign to defend his Monte Carlo Masters title has come to an end in disappointing fashion, as the Serbian star was clearly injured during his semi-final contest against Roger Federer.
The world No. 2, who lost the match 7-5, 6-2, was clearly in pain during the contest, as he winced during all his serves throughout the second set in particular. Following the match, Djokovic revealed that he will be taking a break from tennis competition to rest and allow time for his wrist to heal.
“I just rest now. I cannot play tennis for some time. How long, I don’t know. It’s really not in my hands anymore,” Djokovic said. “I’m going to rest and see when it can heal 100 percent, then I will be back on the court.”
While the news is a blow to the upper echelon of the ATP Tour, it appears that Djokovic is not faced with the troubles that Del Potro went through, and will not be undergoing surgery.
“Well, the good thing is I don’t need to have a surgery. I don’t have any rupture or something like that,” Djokovic said. “I’m going to go see doctors tonight and then tomorrow again have another MRI (scan), see if anything changed in this seven days since I had the last one.”
Djokovic would go on to explain what he believes caused the injury, mainly being the switch from hard courts to clay.
“It happened in two days. Obviously I practiced a lot. Maybe I started a bit too strong,” he said. “The transition from hard court to clay, different balls, have probably taken its toll.”
“The pain was there every single day from 10 days ago. At some stages it was very painful,” he said. “I didn’t want to pull out (against Federer) because then people start talking different things about me and my withdraws and so forth. That was the main reason.”