Novak Djokovic downplays hip problem following third-round win

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Novak Djokovic was a bit banged up against Albert Ramos, but he also played some fantastic tennis. (AP)

Novak Djokovic doesn't anticipate significant problems from the hip injury that affected him during his third-round match at the Australian Open.

The world No. 14 called the trainer to work on his hip during the second set and then twice more during his straight sets victory against Albert Ramos. But Djokovic, who is returning from an elbow injury, attributed the problem to inactivity.

"Nothing major," he told press following his win. "I haven't played in six months. We have to take that in consideration. I've played a long match against Gael a few days ago. I mean, this didn't happen too many times in my career that I have maybe some tensions in the muscles or whatever, some kind of physical challenges.

"I'm kind of forced to be very cautious of what happens day-to-day, be dedicated to my body and training.''

But Djokovic declared he was otherwise satisfied, bouncing back from a four-setter played in extreme heat two days ago.

"As I said, I'm really pleased with where my game is at at the moment," he added. "It was great for me to actually get into that long exchanges and rallies, to get some rhythm on the court after the Gael Monfils match, which was really up and down, strange conditions of play."

Hyeon Chung, who defeated Alexander Zverev, is Djokovic's next opponent.


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