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Novak Djokovic ‘gambling’ on fitness after Australian Open win over Raonic

  • World No 1 suffered abdominal injury in previous round
  • Grigor Dimitrov stuns Dominic Thiem to win in straight sets

Novak Djokovic says he could potentially “cause more damage” to his body by continuing to compete at the Australian Open following the abdominal injury he sustained during his third-round match against Taylor Fritz. On Sunday the world No 1 returned to beat Milos Raonic 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

After stating following his match against Fritz on Friday night that he had been informed by the ATP physio that his injury was “definitely” a tear, on Sunday he declined to describe his injury in detail. He explained that he had spent the previous 48 hours doing “different treatments with different devices”, including pills and painkillers, having coordinated with medical staff of Tennis Australia, ATP physios and his own physiotherapist.

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