Alexander Zverev's brother weighs in on Novak Djokovic injury ahead of Australian Open tie

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Alexander Zverev's brother weighs in on Novak Djokovic injury ahead of Australian Open tie

Mischa Zverev says his brother Alexander is not thinking about Novak Djokovic's mystery injury ahead of their Australian Open quarter-final clash.

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Mischa Zverev says his brother Alexander is not thinking about Novak Djokovic’s mystery injury ahead of their Australian Open quarter-final clash. Djokovic almost pulled out of his third round tie against American Taylor Fritz.

The world No 1 raced into a two-set lead but then required a medical timeout for a problem with his stomach.

Fritz fought back to take the match to a fifth set but then Djokovic found another gear and closed out the victory.

The Serbian thought he had torn a muscle and went for an MRI scan but did not reveal the damage done.

Djokovic has admitted that he will be set for a spell on the sidelines when the Australian Open is finished and he weighed up pulling out of the tournament.

However, he took to the Rod Laver Arena to beat Milos Raonic on Sunday and showed no sign of discomfort.

That makes Zverev’s task this morning all the more difficult.

“As a player you don’t focus on your game,” Mischa Zverev told Eurosport.

“If you had a scale between 1-10 and you’re injured like seven or eight you know what you’re dealing with.

“But Novak being injured doesn’t mean anything because we don’t know how injured he is, what part of his game is affected – if at all.

“So instead of playing guessing games, you just try and do what you can do and this is focus on your own tennis.

“That’s why we try to keep it out of our thought process.”

In contrast Zverev has only dropped one set in his opening four matches and that could give him a major advantage in the second week of the Grand Slam.

“If you save your energy, it’s a bonus and shouldn’t harm you,” the German’s older brother added.

“If you win matches without really playing them or by walkover that’s a different story as you are saving energy but you don’t get to play the match which is very important.

“Winning in straight sets is always good for your confidence.

“Losing a set or two is also not a bad thing because you are dealing with the situation of losing a set, you’ve been down in a match, it’s also good that you have experienced negative emotions because if you only win in straight sets, then suddenly you get to a tie-break you haven’t been in that situation – it can be a downside.

“It’s good to have tough matches but also to be able to find a solution and win them in three sets.”

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