Novak Djokovic withdraws from exhibition, unsure of Australian Open status

Posted Diciembre 30, 2017

Novak Djokovic, 30, was due to make his comeback on Friday against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut after almost six months on the sidelines - but pulled out at the last minute due to an elbow injury.

Aside from facing Roger Federer in a charity exhibition match in Glasgow on Nov. 7, Murray has not played a competitive match since losing to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July.

Murray's movement was not convincing in the video and many of his shots can be said to not have his customary vigour.

It is a surprise to see the American back in action so quickly, but she definitely has her eyes on a 24th Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne, but decided to compete in Abu Dhabi for her comeback, "I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September".


Djokovic conceded that his injury may affect the start of the season and his tournament plans but added: "The decision will be made in the following days".

The former world number one, winner of three Grand Slam titles, lost 6-2 after filling in for Novak Djokovic, who was a late withdrawal Friday after a recurrence of pain in his right elbow.

John Lickrish, CEO of MWTC owners FLASH Entertainment said: "Unfortunately injuries are a common occurrence in professional sports and the player's wellbeing must always be a priority".

The 20-year-old Rublev, the world No. 39, was unable to mount any resistance to Bautista Agut in the second set, allowing the Spaniard to jump to a quick 3-0 lead. He also won the last two.


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Anderson and Thiem traded one break each in the first set before the powerful service game of the tall South African helped him hold sway over the Austrian.

"It was nice to be able to play".

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