Novak Djokovic called the physio during the final set of his Paris Masters final against Holger Rune after the pair traded breaks. The world No 7 had been seen stretching his left leg throughout the set before asking the umpire to call the trainer when he broke to lead 3-1, and was attended to during the changeover after the next game having been broken back.
Djokovic called the trainer to the court after repeatedly stretching out his left leg for what appeared to be a thigh issue during the third set. Despite the physical woes, the sixth seed was able to break the Rune serve for a 3-1 lead before he asked umpire Nacho Forcadell to get the physio ready for the next changeover.
But he was broken straight back by the world No 18 before sitting down at the change of ends, when the trainer appeared to work on his troublesome thigh. The Serb did not take a medical time-out, however, as he just received a massage on his thigh before continuing the match at the conclusion of the changeover.
His camp watched on in fear as the 35-year-old risked losing a match at the Paris Masters for the first time in four years, with his last defeat coming in the 2018 final against Karen Khachanov.
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Djokovic has a lot on the line in Sunday’s final, as he has not lost a match in Paris-Bercy since 2018. The 21-time Grand Slam champion has also not suffered defeat at an official knockout tournament since May 31, when Rafael Nadal beat him in the French Open quarter-final.
With the exception of one defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Laver Cup – an exhibition team event with no ranking points despite being recognised by the ATP – he has been on a winning streak ever since, winning Wimbledon as well as titles in Tel Aviv and Astana. And he is now hoping to keep his run alive with the Danish teenager and a thigh issue threatening to snap Djokovic’s streak.