Novak Djokovic survived an injury scare to defeat Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 and advance to the next round at Wimbledon.
He slipped many times on the baseline before he took a nasty tumble in the third set on his shoulder. He went down in agony and received courtside treatment. The atmosphere at Centre Court was tense as the number one seed winced in pain as a trainer tended the shoulder. But Djokovic came back and glided to victory.
He had an ultrasound done after the match.
“I basically had a strong impact on the shoulder. When I stood up, you know, I felt that click or pop, whatever you call it. I feared, you know, maybe it might be a dislocated shoulder or something like that, or joint problem,” he said. “That split-second was not pleasant, definitely, the feeling that I had. That’s why you have the medical team that reassures you and checks if everything is fine with your joint. Luckily for me it’s all positive news.”
Djokovic broke Simon seven out of fourteen times and won 75% of his net points. Even though Simon was erratic, his game managed to shake Djokovic. He usually owns a steady face, but frustration was high as he yelled at the sky and hit balls into the air. Simon’s slow serve allowed Djokovic to win.
Next up for Djokovic is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.