ADELAIDE, Australia (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Sebastian Korda of Spain in the Adelaide International 1 final on Sunday ahead of this month’s Australian Open. He said he was working with a physical therapist overnight to fix a hamstring problem.
Djokovic underwent treatment for his left leg after overstretching his left hamstring while stretching to make a forehand in Saturday’s semifinal win over Daniil Medvedev.
But the 35-year-old was free to move around the court, dig deep and save match points in Sunday’s final to win 6-7(8) 7-6(3) 6-4.
“I woke up fine. I stayed up late last night doing physio work,” Djokovic told reporters. “Please talk to the doctor of the tournament.
“Today I was very careful with my hamstrings, they were fine.
“There were a few times when I felt my muscles tighten during the match, but there was nothing to worry about my performance.”
At the Australian Open from January 16-29, Djokovic will aim for a record-breaking 10th title, matching Rafael Nadal’s 22nd Grand Slam title.
“I couldn’t have asked for more preparation and preparation for the Australian Open,” Djokovic said.
“I’m looking forward to Melbourne. Rod Laver is probably my most played court. Probably not, but definitely my most successful court in my career. I love playing there. .I’m looking forward to”
“Right now I’m taking a week off to recuperate, working on certain things with my game and my body to get my mind in the right place for the best of five and the two week long run. .”
Reporting by Manasi Pathak, Bangalore; Editing by Ed Osmond
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