Novak Djokovic’s injury ‘a big worry’ ahead of ‘brutal’ French Open semi-final, says Mats Wilander

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Novak Djokovic feeling his shoulder

Seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander believes Novak Djokovic’s injury is a lot more serious than he is letting on, warning that the next two matches “are going to be absolutely brutal”.

World No 1 Djokovic was a little sluggish during his quarter-final clash against Pablo Carreno Busta, winning in four sets, while he also required treatment on his neck and arm midway through the match.

Next up is Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final and the 17-time Grand Slam winner admitted that he is “hopefully going to be able to feel my best and play my best” on Friday.

Eurosport pundit Wilander, though, believes the Djokovic’s injury is a big concern.

“I don’t think he wants to show his opponent that he is feeling an injury,” he told Eurosport.

“It’s a legitimate injury that’s going to be there, and if he doesn’t get a good start then that could be a problem.

“Clearly it took him some time to warm his body yesterday, and that’s going to be the same tomorrow, and again in the final.

“I think Novak’s injury is a big worry. He obviously doesn’t want to show his opponent that he is injured walking onto the court.

He continued: “Pablo Carreno Busta hinted that he always does that – I don’t think Novak wants to do that when he’s down.

“I would say it’s a worry for sure because these next two matches for any player are going to be absolutely brutal in length and physicality.

“You are going to run for a long time. They will be two marathon matches.”

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