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Knee injury ends Djokovic’s French Open challenge

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Defending champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic shocked the tennis world last night, by pulling out of the French Open because of a knee injury.

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DEFENDING champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic shocked the tennis world last night, by pulling out of the French Open ahead of Wednesday’s quarter-final because of a knee injury.

The Serbian, looking to win a record-extending 25th Grand Slam, was scheduled to play Norwegian seventh seed Casper Ruud in the Roland Garros quarter-finals on Wednesday.

But a statement released by the tournament organisers on Tuesday night, reads: “Due to a torn medial meniscus in his right knee [discovered during an MRI scan], Djokovic, who was 
supposed to play Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals tomorrow, has been forced to withdraw from the Roland Garros 
tournament.”

It means Ruud will advance to the semi-finals.

Djokovic, 37, suffered the knee injury in Monday night’s
gruelling five-set win over 
Francisco Cerundolo.

He had to dig deep for a second straight match after a third-round marathon against Lorenzo Musetti and needed medication during a 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5 and 6-3 win.

Djokovic said afterwards he had been experiencing slight discomfort in his right knee for a couple of weeks and the issue flared up as soon as he slipped and tweaked it during the third game of the second set.

Also complaining about the quality of the surface after the slip, Djokovic said: “The injury that I had today with the knee happened exactly because of that, because I slipped and slid a lot …

“I’ve slipped and fallen on the clay many times in my life, and on grass as well, but this was just too many times.”

He added: “I injured myself. I survived. I won the match. Great. But will I be able to play the next one? I don’t know.

“I don’t know the severity of the injury. But could have this injury be prevented? Possibly, if there was just a little bit more frequent care of the court 
during the set.”

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev faces Alex di Minaur in Wednesday’s only men’s quarter-final match.

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