A video of Novak Djokovic struggling during a break in the group stage match against Daniil Medvedev at the Nitto ATP Finals 2022 is going viral on the internet.
The World No. 8 had to give it everything in a gruelling match at Pala Alpitour in Turin before Serbian tennis player Djokovic defeated Russian Medvedev in the round-robin match at the ATP Finals. Although Djokovic acknowledged that the three hours and five minute match was a physical struggle and taxed him physically, he will be content to have won. Despite clearly having trouble, particularly during the breaks, Djokovic defeated Medvedev 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(2). The World No. 5 Russian came back strongly to win the thrilling second set and tie the match after the Serb made a strong start, winning the first set 6-3. To overcome a physical breakdown and a challenging opponent and win the third set 7-6, Djokovic moved on to the semi-finals.
After the second set, Djokovic was so physically worn out that he was shivering and gasping for air. Djokovic was clearly having trouble as he pulled off his top and doused himself in water before taking another break and standing up for the final set.
When speaking with the media after the match, Djokovic revealed that he was tired but that he was healthy otherwise. “Well, it was just fatigue from a gruelling battle. That’s all I can say. I mean, there was no illness. “Everyone has one of those days where they struggle more physically. For me that was today,” said Djokovic. The Serbian will play Taylor Fritz to finalise a place at the final of the tournament.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) November 18, 2022