Finally: Novak Djokovic’s coach finally reveals the truth behind his critical…

Slam matches’ he had at any point played Goran Ivanisevic, Novak Djokovic’s coach, has refuted claims that the record-breaking Grand Slam champion was hampered by illness during his loss to Jannik Sinner in the Australian Open semi-final.

The Serbian was uncharacteristically of colour against the eventual champion in Melbourne last month, winning only four games in the first two sets before rallying in the third. Djokovic’s dreams of a stunning comeback – and ambitions of claiming an 11th title at the tournament – were dashed by the young Italian, who wrapped things up 6-3 in the fourth.

The 36-year-old admitted it was ‘one of the worst Grand Slam matches’ he had ever played, while rumours swirled in the Serbian press of a fever that had hindered his play. World No 1 Djokovic has flown to the city of his birth to be by his father’s side after it was confirmed that Srdjan was admitted to the Emergency Centre in Belgrade after sustaining injuries to his upper arm and shoulders.

According to Sport Klub, the 63-year-old broke his humerus when he fell from a chair while feeding birds at his home with the injuries requiring surgery.The 36-year-old has made it clear that the Paris Olympics, which will take place at Roland Garros in July-August, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open are his main priorities this year.

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