‘Novak Djokovic is probably the best defensive player ever’, says former ATP star

Novak Djokovic has returned to his Belgrade home after undergoing surgery

Novak Djokovic has returned to his Belgrade home after undergoing surgery on his right knee at the Ramsay Santé clinic in Paris to treat the meniscus injury that occurred during his match against Francisco Cerundolo in the round of 16 at Roland Garros.

The Serbian champion managed to win that match despite the serious injury, but he later announced that he would not take part in the quarterfinal with Casper Ruud because instrumental examinations had precisely revealed a meniscus injury.

Djokovic’s hope is to recover in time to pursue the dream called a gold medal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, so it seems difficult to see him on the court at Wimbledon. Antoine Gerometta, the doctor who operated on him, was clear: “Wimbledon? For me, it is unlikely that he will be back to 100 percent condition in three weeks” .

Novak Djokovic still limping

Novak Djokovic, once back home, has resorted – according to Informer reports – to the method of treatment related to the use of the hyperbaric chamber.

The latter allows for faster recovery from some injuries thanks to greater oxygenation at tissue level. Djokovic is already walking without using crutches, but he still appeared to be limping.

A treatment that is becoming increasingly popular among sportsmen: in the world of tennis, for example, Rafael Nadal has also relied on the hyperbaric chamber in the past; as have the likes of Neymar, Ronaldo and Lukaku in that of soccer. Speaking on his podcast, former American champion Andy Roddick spoke about Djokovic’s injury: “It’s not just a case of saying my knee is okay in a month because you have to train and especially Novak.

Your special sauce is being able to grind people down, stay in rallies, move people from side to side and ask the question over and over again. Novak needs his wheels. He needs his defensive skills. He is probably the best defensive player in the history of tennis and with defence, you rely on your legs.”

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