LONDON -- Novak Djokovic was just three games away from a straight-set victory over Gilles Simon in the third round at Wimbledon, when he took a hard fall and injured his left shoulder.
Djokovic tried to go for a diving forehand shot, and when he braced himself for the fall, he immediately grabbed his left shoulder in obvious pain. An immediate medical timeout was taken, and the trainer moved around and massaged his shoulder. But after a tense and lengthy break, the No. 1 seed resumed play and eventually earned the 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win. Djokovic got an ultrasound after the match and said the shoulder has no structural damage.
"I felt that click or pop, whatever you call it. I feared maybe it might be a dislocated shoulder or something like that, or joint problem. But luckily for me it was only an impact that had a minor effect on the joint and the muscles around, but no damage, significant, that can cause a bigger problem."
Djokovic will have two days of rest and will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round on Monday. He isn't concerned the injury will affect him.
"They told me usually in these kind of particular cases you might feel soreness in the next couple of days. But I can play around with practices and recovery and see how it goes. But I'm quite confident it's going to be all right for next one."
He joked that coach Boris Becker might need to show him a few tricks over the weekend.
"We obviously need to work on my diving volleys, learning how to fall down on the court," he said with a smile. "I'm not very skillful in that."
You can watch a full clip of the fall here.
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