Paris, France (AFP) – Novak Djokovic said he was “feeling okay” after overcoming neck and shoulder troubles to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta on Wednesday and set up a French Open semi-final showdown with Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Djokovic beat Spanish 17th seed Carreno Busta 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the last four of a major for the 38th time as he chases a second French Open and 18th Grand Slam title.
However, the world number one required treatment on his upper left arm after dropping his first set of the tournament on a chilly autumn evening in Paris.
“I definitely didn’t feel great coming onto the court today, a few things happened in the warm-up,” said Djokovic.
“I had some neck issues and some shoulder issues. I don’t really want to get too much into it.
“I’m feeling okay, I’m still in the tournament so I don’t want to reveal too much. As the match went on, I felt better, didn’t feel as much pain.”
The Serb now sits two wins away from becoming the first man in half a century — and only the third in history — to win all four Slams twice.
His only defeat in 37 matches this year came to Carreno Busta following his disqualification at the US Open for an angry swipe of a ball which hit a female line judge squarely in the throat.