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LONDON – Novak Djokovic is contemplating a break from tennis, with surgical procedure on his injured proper elbow now a risk.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion, who has gained three Wimbledon titles, retired from his quarterfinal match towards Tomas Berdych on the All England Membership on Wednesday. He stated his elbow has been giving him issues for a yr and a half.

”It isn’t a time and place for me to speak concerning the particulars,” Djokovic stated after pulling out whereas trailing 7-6 (2), 2-zero. ”I am simply going to speak with specialists, as I’ve executed within the final yr or so, attempt to determine what’s the easiest way to deal with it and to unravel it, to discover a lengthy-time period answer.”

On the finish of his information convention, talking in Serbian and translated by means of an interpreter, Djokovic alluded to the very fact he might find yourself taking an extended break.

That may be a primary for Djokovic, who has been top-of-the-line gamers on tour for a few decade. He gained the primary of his six Australian Open titles in 2008, and gained 4 straight majors from the 2015 Wimbledon event by means of final yr’s French Open.

He hasn’t gained one since.

”The specialists that I’ve talked with, they have not been actually too clear, mentioning additionally surgical procedure, mentioning totally different choices. No one was very clear in what must be accomplished,” Djokovic stated. ”Yeah, I assume the break is one thing that I should think about proper now.”

Djokovic had a comparatively straightforward run to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this yr. His opening match ended early when his opponent, Martin Klizan, retired with an damage. He then gained his subsequent three matches in straight units. However within the fourth-spherical win over Adrian Mannarino, Djokovic referred to as for a coach through the remaining set.

And after the primary set towards Berdych, he once more referred to as for a coach to verify his proper arm.

”I used to be capable of carry out as much as this stage. However as I’ve stated, it was solely getting worse,” Djokovic stated. ”Sadly at present was the worst day. In all probability the truth that I performed yesterday, type of days including up, as I’ve stated earlier than, it wasn’t serving to in any respect.”

Djokovic complained concerning the schedule on Tuesday after enjoying his match towards Mannarino a day after it was initially scheduled. Enjoying two days in a row definitely did not assist, however Djokovic stated he did the whole lot he might to prepare for Wednesday’s match.

”I spend in all probability about two hours, 2+ hours right now, on the desk in between the warmup and match, making an attempt to do all the things I probably might to make me match,” Djokovic stated. ”However it wasn’t to be.”