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Djokovic may skip Wimbledon after Paris loss

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Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Marco Cecchinato at the French Open on Wednesday in Paris. Photo: VCG

Novak Djokovic said he does not know if he will play at Wimbledon after tumbling out of the French Open on Tuesday.

The Serb, three times a Wimbledon champion, appeared distraught after his quarterfinal defeat by unseeded Marco Cecchinato in which he was treated for neck pain.

Clearly still wound up after a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 7-6 (13/11) defeat, Djokovic gave one- or two-word answers to several questions and cast doubt over his participation in the grass-court season.

"I don't know if I'm going to play on grass," Djokovic, who won the last of his 12 Grand Slam ­titles in Paris two years ago, told reporters ­crowded into a small interview room after he declined the opportunity to use a much larger one.

When pressed on whether that meant he would not play at Wimbledon, the 31-year-old Serb was noncommittal.

"I don't know," he replied. "I don't know what I'm going to do. I just came from the court. Sorry, guys, I can't give you that answer.

"I cannot give you any answer."

Djokovic, who came to Paris with his lowest seeding since 2006 after a difficult past 12 months in which he has dealt with an elbow injury, had begun to look like his old self at Roland Garros - dropping just one set en route to the last eight.

He came up against an inspired Cecchinato though and wasted three set points to drag the match - which was played out in a soccer-­like atmosphere on Court Suzanne Lenglen - into a decider.

He refused to blame any physical problems for his defeat.

"He played amazingly and credit to him. Congrats for a great performance. He came out very well," Djokovic said.

"I struggled from the beginning. Unfortunately, it took me time to get well, and struggled with a little injury, as well, at the beginning. And after, when I warmed up, it was better.

"Just a pity that I couldn't capitalize on the chances in the 4-1 in the fourth set and some break points. I thought I had him there, but he came back and credit to him."

While defeat will be painful for Djokovic, who has spent 223 weeks as world No.1 during his career, he will reflect on a positive clay-court season having reached the

semifinal in Rome and enjoyed a strong run in Paris before falling short.

His hunger for the fight was clear for all to see against Cecchinato in a thrilling tiebreaker - the Serb roaring to the crowd, who chanted "Djoko, Djoko" at crucial moments.

Asked if he was back, however, Djokovic was blunt.

"I am back in the locker room. That's where I'm back," said the 2016 French Open champion.



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