These boys are used to playing with pain every day. They’re used to running on blisters that the rest of us wouldn’t even dream of taking weight on and Novak has certainly improved his mental toughness over the last few years but he did loose it over the horrible ankle sprain he suffered during yesterdays Davis Cup match.
‘Injuries are part of the sport and you try to avoid them as an athlete as much as you can. The nature of the injury is still to be determined.
One hour, one hour and a half after the end of the match, all I can say is it doesn’t look good. It’s swollen, and when it’s swollen it’s definitely not a good first sign. I’m going to do everything I can in my power to recover till that tournament. How realistic that is, I don’t know what to tell you.’
As to why he kept playing despite the injury he said “It’s very strong emotion when you play for your country. I guess that’s the biggest reason why I kept playing.”