The strength Djokovic would feel in holding firm, the doctor said, was exactly what he should experience. He told the bemused player not to eat it but to hold it against his stomach with his left hand while he again pushed down on his outstretched right arm.
Now his elbow injury will put his durability to the test. His days of pure dominance may be a thing of the past, though.
The continued strength of longtime foes Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka combined with the next wave of talent, led by Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, clouds the long-term outlook.
A British tabloid, who failed to recognise Dippy, had referred to her as the Serbian player's 'female companion' and 'a leggy brunette'.
Recently, tennis legend, John Mc Enroe, compared Djokovic to alleged serial cheater, golfer Tiger Woods.
Novak Djokovic retired from the 2017 Wimbledon Championships in the quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych on Wednesday due to an elbow injury.