Novak Djokovic gives fitness update after Carreno Busta accuses him of feigning injury concerns



Novak Djokovic


Novak Djokovic

Pablo Carreno Busta made a startling accusation on Wednesday when he alleged that top seed Novak DJokovic was feigning injury concerns during their quarter-final meetings at French Open 2020. 17th seed Carreno Busta took the first set 6-4 only to go down in 4 sets and crash out of the competition.

Novak Djokovic seemingly wasn’t in top gear in the first set as he had headed into the match with a strap on his neck and his movements were restricted. Carreno Busta though was ruthless as he came up with spotless service games while Djokovic was struggling with it, getting only 40 percent of his first serves in.

After losing the first set, Djokovic received treatment on-court as his trainer worked on his upper-left arm. Djokovic was feeling uncomfortable but after the on-court treatment, the Serb was able to manage a strong comeback and fend off the threat from the 17th-seed Spaniard.

Djokovic needed 3 hours and 10 minutes to beat Carreno Busta 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 but the Spaniard wasn’t happy with the treatment Djokovic received. Notably, Carreno Busta had beaten Djokovic when the Serb was defaulted during his Round of 16 match at US Open — the only loss for the World No. 1 in the ongoing season.

“Each time he is in trouble he usually does it, that means to say that he was in trouble, that he wasn’t comfortable and that I was playing at a high level and was causing him to doubt himself. Every time a match gets complicated he asks for medical assistance. He has been doing this for a long time. I already knew that. I knew it would happen at the US Open, I knew it would happen here and I know it will keep on happening,” Carreno Busta said.

“I don’t know if it’s something chronic in his shoulder or just mental, but he didn’t put me off.”

Don’t want to get into it too much: Djokovic

Meanwhile, Djokovic said he did not feel great before coming into the match but he is feeling okay after overcoming his neck and shoulder issues during the quarter-final. Djokovic will face 5th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final as he bids to win his 18th Grand Slam at Roland Garros this year.

“I definitely didn’t feel great coming onto the court today, a few things happened in the warm-up. I had some neck issues and some shoulder issues. I don’t really want to get too much into it. I’m feeling okay, I’m still in the tournament so I don’t want to reveal too much. As the match went on, I felt better, and didn’t feel as much pain,” Djokovic said.

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Pence Accuses Harris of ‘Playing Politics with People’s Lives’ by ‘Undermining Confidence’ in Vaccine

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday accused Senator Kamala Harris of “playing politics with people’s lives” by saying that she would not take a vaccine for the coronavirus if it was endorsed by President Trump.

During Wednesday evening’s vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Harris said she would take a vaccine if it were approved by “public health professionals” including Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor for the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, but not if Trump signed off on it.

“If the doctors tell us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” Harris said. “But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it.”

Pence immediately condemned the California senator’s position, saying she could be endangering lives by casting doubt on the efficacy of a potential vaccine against the deadly pathogen.

“The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable,” Pence responded.

“Senator, I just ask you, stop playing politics with people’s lives,” the vice president said.

In June, Fauci said that he is “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine for the coronavirus will be available to the American public by the end of the year or early 2021.

“The reality is that we will have a vaccine, we believe, before the end of this year,” Pence continued at the debate. “And it will have the capacity to save countless American lives. And your continuous undermining of confidence in a vaccine is just unacceptable.”

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