Australian Open favourite Novak Djokovic injured in practice in Melbourne

Overwhelming Australian Open favourite Novak Djokovic’s return to Melbourne Park didn’t got to plan after the nine-time champion ended a practice match early after appearing to suffer a leg injury.

Djokovic, who has been installed as $1.80 TAB favourite to win the event after storming to victory in the Adelaide International last weekend, was playing a scheduled match against Daniil Medvedev on centre court.

But the match was ended after just one set, which Djokovic lost, after he hurt his left leg. Djokovic battled a hamstring issue on the way to his victory in Adelaide.

Djokovic, who is playing in the Australian Open a year after being deported because of his vaccination status, received medical treatment at least three times as he tried to play on.

But the world No.5 was not moving fluently across the court as he battled on, eventually calling it quits after 38 minutes to seek more treatment.

It’s unclear how significant the issue is, but Djokovic is scheduled to face Nick Kyrgios in an exhibition match on Rod Laver Arena on Friday night, with the match already a sellout.

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