sport news Novak Djokovic accused of FAKING injury by French Open opponent

Novak Djokovic slammed by Pablo Carreno Busta for allegedly FAKING an arm injury while behind in their French Open quarter-final... before coming from behind to win in four sets Pablo Carreno Busta has hit out at his French Open opponent Novak Djokovic The Spaniard was in the ascendancy when Serbian called a medical time-out  Stefanos Tsitsipas now stands between the Serbian and yet another major final Djokovic had already been embroiled in controversy this year over coronavirus

By Alex Bowmer For Mailonline

Published: 14:23 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 14:29 BST, 8 October 2020

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Novak Djokovic has been accused of faking injury by Pablo Carreno Busta after the world No 1 defeated the Spaniard in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

Djokovic was far from his best early on and received visits from the physio during the first set as Carreno Busta edged in front.

The 33-year-old then required further attention to a problem with his upper left arm before the start of the second set.

Novak Djokovic receives treatment to his left upper arm before winning the match in four sets

Novak Djokovic receives treatment to his left upper arm before winning the match in four sets

Pablo Carreno Busta said Djokovic had a history of calling for timeouts when he was not hurt

Pablo Carreno Busta said Djokovic had a history of calling for timeouts when he was not hurt

After taking on fluids and eating some dates, the 17-time Grand Slam champion started to turn the tide, despite continuing to look unomfortable, and eventually won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to set up a last-four clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday. 

However, 15th seed Carreno Busta cast doubt on Djokovic's injury complaints and felt there was an alternative explanation. 

'Every time the match becomes a bit difficult for him, he asks for the doctor,' he said in his post-match press conference.

'I don't know whether he has a chronic problem with his shoulder or it is simply a mental issue that he does that every time he is in trouble.

'But it is not something that made me lose my focus because I knew it was going to happen at the US Open [in their previous encounter] and I knew it was going to happen here. And I also know that it will keep happening.'        

Djokovic said he had been experiencing discomfort before arriving

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