Frustrated Djokovic faces another injury layoff

Novak Djokovic could once again be sidelined after his elbow injury flared up during his fourth round defeat to Hyeon Chung in Melbourne.

The 30-year-old Serb crashed out of the Australian Open on Monday, going down in straight sets to Chung.

It was a disappointing result for Djokovic, who at one point screamed in pain as he stretched to keep the ball in play.

“It’s frustrating, of course, when you have that much time and you don’t heal properly. But it is what it is,” he said.

“There is some kind of a reason behind all of this. I’m just trying my best obviously because I love this sport.

“I enjoy training. I enjoy getting myself better, hoping that I can get better, perform and compete.

“This was one of those days where, unfortunately, it was too much to deal with.”

The former world No 1 added: “It’s not great. At the end of the first set it (elbow) started hurting more. So, yeah, I had to deal with it till the end of the match.

“Now I don’t know. I have to reassess everything with my team, medical team, coaches and everybody, scan it, see what the situation is like.”

Djokovic hasn’t won a Grand Slam since the 2016 French Open.