Novak Djokovic had been struggling his elbow injury for over a year and a half and was in pain since the beginning of Wimbledon 2017. The three-time champion in London revealed that after he retired from the quarter-final against Tomas Berdych on Wednesday which ended his quest for a fourth title at Wimbledon.
The Serb retired after an elbow injury during the match in which he had lost the opening set and was down a break before deciding to quit. He took a timeout after the first set which had gone in a tiebreak. He called it off with the match score of 6-7, 0-2.
“The intensity and the level of pain was not decreasing. It was only increasing as the days went by,” he said. “Unfortunately, today was the worst day. It’s unfortunate that I had to finish Wimbledon, a grand slam, this way,” he added. “I mean, if someone feels bad about it, it’s me. But, you know, I tried.”
Tuesday is meant to be a rest day for men at Wimbledon but Djokovic played his round of 16 match against Adrian Mannarino. The match was shifted to Tuesday because of a marathon five-setter between Rafael Nadal and Gilles Muller which the latter won and Djokovic thinks that might me one of the reasons for his pain.
“Probably the fact that I played yesterday, kind of days adding up, as I’ve said before, it wasn’t helping at all,” he said.
31-year-old Berdych will now play Roger Federer in the semi-final and will look repeat his quarter-final win over the Swiss from 2010. This was Berdych’s third win over Djokovic in 28 matches and first after 12 matches.