Monte Carlo - Novak Djokovic admitted he has no idea when he will play again after a
right wrist injury contributed to his 7-5, 6-2 Monte Carlo Masters
semi-final loss to Roger Federer on Saturday.
World number two and
defending champion Djokovic, who played with a brace on his wrist,
revealed that he suffered pain in his wrist all week.
But with the
French Open just five weeks away, and his next scheduled event the
Madrid Masters in a fortnight, timing is everything for the Serb who won
the 2013 Monte Carlo title against Rafael Nadal.
"I'll just rest
now. I cannot play tennis for some time -- how long, I don't know. It's
really not in my hands anymore. I'm going to rest and see when it can
heal 100%, then I will be back on the court," said Djokovic.
"The good thing is I don't need to have a surgery, I don't have any rupture or something like that.
going to go see the doctors tonight and then tomorrow again and have
another MRI, see if anything changed in the seven days since I had the
Monte Carlo-based Djokovic, whose loss ended a 13-match
win streak and a run of 23 in a row at the Masters level, admitted he
had to play through the pain barrier all week in his aborted title
"The pain was there every single day from 10 days ago, at
some stages it was very painful. Between my first and second match I
had a day off so I didn't practise at all and I healed a little bit.
Then again I started playing.
"Yesterday's conditions (a
quarter-final win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in heavy night conditions)
did not help the state of my arm -- long match, long rallies, heavy
"I really don't know the diagnosis, to be honest. I heard so many things in last 10 days. Trust me, it's complicated."
it's too early for panic stations regarding the French Open -- the only
Grand Slam title missing from his collection -- Djokovic is still
puzzling as to exactly how he suffered his problem.
"I had two
weeks between Miami and Monte Carlo (in March). It's not like I was
tired or I had some long trips or something like that.
"It just happened during the practise week, sometimes it just happens. Sometimes it's not predictable."
Federer admitted he knew Djokovic was not at his best.
did see that Novak was struggling at one point," said the Swiss, who
will meet compatriot and close friend Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's
"For me it was more just making sure that from my side I
was playing a good, solid, tough match with some good defensive play
sometimes, but mostly trying to stay on the offensive as much as I