Novak Djokovic is the big favorite to win the title at the Australian Open 2023. Wherever you listen, that’s the unanimous opinion. And yet the worry lines are getting bigger for the Serbian high-flyer, after breaking off training with Daniil Medvedev last week, the nine-time Melbourne champion had to cancel another training session at the Happy Slam on Monday morning (CET). This was announced by international journalists via the short message service Twitter.

Novak Djokovic injured his thigh at the start of the season in Adelaide, where the Serb won the title in a thrilling final against Sebastian Korda, and has been dragging this injury through the final moments of preparation for the first major event of the 2023 season ever since.

Most recently, however, Djokovic was able to start as planned in an exhibition match against Nick Kyrgios. The Australian, on the other hand, pulled out of the Australian Open one day before his first round match due to injury.

In round one Novak Djokovic expects the Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena on Tuesday. Overall, the draw meant well with the nine-time Australian champion, a possible third-round opponent is Grigor Dimitrov, and Pablo Carreno Busta could wait in the round of 16.

Scheduled opponents in the quarterfinals are Andrey Rublev or Holger Rune. In the run-up to the event, Djokovic had emphasized several times that the injury was hindering him, but that it was only a small problem.

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