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Novak Djokovic survives injury scare to reach Adelaide International final

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Novak Djokovic survives injury scare to reach Adelaide International final

Novak Djokovic survived an injury scare to reach the Adelaide International final with a straight sets win over Daniil Medvedev – after taking a medical timeout due to tightness in his hamstring

  • Coming off a tough test to reach the final of the Adelaide International
  • Won in straight sets against rival Daniil Medvedev in a hotly contested semi-final
  • Novak Djokovic is gearing up for a shot at a 10th Australian Open title later this month

Novak Djokovic suffered an injury scare before easing to victory over Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals of the Adelaide International.

The Serbian took a medical timeout in the first set due to tightness in his left hamstring but was able to hold on and not drop his serve in a 6-3 6-4 win over one of his biggest rivals.

With just over a week to go before the Australian Open, where Djokovic will be chasing a 10th title, the 35-year-old is not taking any chances.

Novak Djokovic survived an injury scare to test against rival Daniil Medvedev

Novak Djokovic survived an injury scare to test against rival Daniil Medvedev

Speaking in an interview on court, Djokovic, who has not lost a match in Australia since 2018, said: ‘Thankfully, it’s not too serious. If yes, I can’t continue. I just tried a medical timeout, some anti-inflammatories and it kind of fixed it.

‘For some games, I was just trying to keep the momentum and not let him break my serve. I think that’s the key, that eventually I’ll have a chance.

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‘I think the longer the match goes on, the warmer my hamstring gets and the less it bothers me. I hope everything goes well tomorrow.’

With Djokovic fit, he will face Sebastian Korda in the final after the American benefited from the retirement of opponent Yoshihito Nishioka early in the second set due to a hip injury.

The British are guaranteed to win the doubles title after Jamie Murray and his new partner Michael Venus set up a clash against Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Adelaide International final as he prepares for a shot at a 10th Australian Open crown.

Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Adelaide International final as he prepares for a shot at a 10th Australian Open crown.