Novak Djokovic Out Of Australian Open 2009 from Injury

by The Insider on January 27, 2009 · 3 comments

in ATP News, Grand Slams

Novak Djokovic abruptly surrendered his Australian Open title on Tuesday when he wilted in the Melbourne heat. But sympathy was in short supply from his fellow players — particularly Roger Federer.

Djokovic, the No. 3 seed, threw in the towel midway through the fourth set of his quarterfinal with Andy Roddick, trailing 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 2-1. But in pointed comments, Federer, the No. 2 seed, noted that it wasn’t the first time Djokovic has withdrawn midway through a match in a Grand Slam. “He’s not a guy who’s never given up before … it’s disappointing,” said Federer, who will face Roddick in the semifinals.

“I’ve only done it once in my career … Andy totally deserved to win that match.” “I’m almost in favor of saying, you know what, if you’re not fit enough, just get out of here,” Federer added. “If Novak were up two sets to love I don’t think he would have retired 4-0 down in the fourth. Thanks to Andy that he retired in the end. Andy pushed him to the limits. Hats off to Andy.” Djokovic, 21, was the fourth player to quit in mid-match in two days, saying he was cramping and sore, as the on-court temperature at Rod Laver Arena soared above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).

He had lamented that he didn’t get to sleep until 6 a.m. Monday after his previous match against Marcos Baghdatis ended at 2:26 a.m. Monday, costing him practice time. He said he had requested another night match.

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Jeff C. January 28, 2009 at 1:08 am

Anyone who has followed Novak’s career knows that this is a typical move of his. I am so glad that Federer called him out on what most insiders know about him.

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The Insider January 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

I know that Novak might have done this in the past, but this is a little different I think. Most players know when in trouble Novak tends to throw in the towel. However, this is the first time he has ever retired in a Grand Slam, he was the defending champion, and it was against Andy Roddick who he has a good record against. If he did this on purpose then he should be ashamed.

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bobbynorwich January 28, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Andy had the same heat conditions as Novak. Djokovic can’t complain about the less than favorable weather just because he’s not in top condition.. Tennis is an outdoor sport and true champions are prepared to play well in all conditions — heat, wind, noise, sun, sores, aches, fatigue etc. Everyone is tired of his many excuses for retiring — sore throats, blisters, cramps, bruises, pains etc.

In 300 matches over 10 years, 27 yr-old Federer has retired from only 1 match, but has hung in there to lose many when not feeling well. Nole, only 21, has retired from 7 matches — all when losing badly, including 3 Grand Slams. That’s why the internet is going viral joking that Djokovic wants to win the “Retirement Slam,” being the first person to retire from each of 4 Grand Slams.

If Novak wants to be a true champion, he must play every match until he pukes his guts out … that’s what all the other professionals do. One hour after retiring in his post-match interview at the 2009 Aussie Open, Nole said, “I’m ready to go back out on the court.” Huh?

He looks like a sore loser who can’t accept a loss, and so gives up when going down. As a result, he’s losing much more …. the millions of fans who correctly see this as bad sportsmanship. He simply doesn’t want his opponent to have a “W” in the column against him. New nickname: No-way Nole.

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