Vastavam web: Novak Djokovic sought a medical timeout for a lower back injury as he claimed his 11th round of 16 appearance at the Australian Open today.The six-time champion advanced with a clear-cut 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win over Spanish 21st seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in 2hr 21min on Margaret Court Arena.Djokovic later played down the extent of the problem, saying “it’s okay, nothing major”.
The Serb, looking for matches after a six-month lay-off with right elbow trouble, will face South Korea’s Chung Hyeon in Sunday’s fourth round after he shocked fourth seed Alexander Zverev.”But at the same time I knew it was nothing major that can potentially raise a question mark on whether I can continue playing or not. It was fine.”Look, I haven’t played for six months. We have to take that in consideration.
“I played a long match against Gael Monfils a few days ago. I have maybe some tensions in the muscles or whatever, some kind of physical challenges.It took his record against Ramos-Vinolas to 5-0 with two of the wins at Slams.”It was 2 hours, 20 minutes, straight-sets win, but I had to earn it,” he said.”I worked hard on the court. Ramos-Vinolas doesn’t hand you the win. He makes you earn it.”It was great for me to actually get into those long exchanges and rallies, to get some rhythm on the court after the Gael Monfils match, which was really up and down.