Novak Djokovic avoided the Melbourne Park practice courts on Saturday as the top seed waited for scan results on his muscle tear.

The Serb got through to the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday night as he played in pain to beat Taylor Dent in five dramatic sets.

But the eight-time champion remains clearly worried about the seriousness of his oblique muscle problem with his Sunday match against big-hitting Milos Raonic fast approaching.

After getting scans on Saturday, the rest of the day turned into a waiting game for the 33-year-old. Djokovic was given encouragement by TD Craig Tiley – surely afraid to lose the men’s top seed to an injury pullout.

Djokovic also got the benefit of scheduling with his match against Raonic placed in the second evening slot.

Novak Djokovic receives on court treatment during third round match by Tennis Australia/ ROB PREZIOSO


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