Djokovic: Playing on sore ankle requires triple effort

by: Matt Cronin April 19, 2013

AP Photo

Novak Djokovic, who has reached the semifinals of Monte Carlo despite contending with a sore ankle, says that playing with this type of injury is something he has never experienced before.

Sky Sports reported that after Djokovic injured his ankle during his Davis Cup win over Sam Querrey, doctors discovered he had a dislocated bone, which they were able to put in back in place.

“Obviously I'm not physically out there feeling my best. Somehow feels that I always miss that half a step,” Djokovic told reporters. “But I'm trying. I'm fighting...I'm experiencing something new this week. To be honest, I think I never been in this particular situation before where wherever I start a match, it's triple the effort that I usually put in energy-wise because there are many things that I'm thinking about. It's the pressure of playing the match, then the ankle, so forth. Obviously I'm physically not up to my maximum capacity. So a lot of things [are] in play."

More Stories

Roger Federer "completely on track” for January tour return

The Swiss does wonder, however, if he’ll feel pressure after this career-long layoff.

Del Potro defeats Sock to end 33-month title drought at Stockholm Open

The former U.S. Open champion won 7-5, 6-1.

Chicago Cubs’ pennant-clinching win best part of Madison Keys’ day

The historic achievement was a necessary pick-me-up for the American in Singapore.