Djokovic fires new-look serve at Aust Open

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

He says he is still managing the injury, which has caused him to abbreviate his service action.

Roger Federer is no stranger to performing superhuman feats on the tennis court so it wasn't a surprise when he and Milos Raonic were joined by a couple of superheroes during "Kids Day" ahead of the Australian Open.

Djokovic, who has shaken off the elbow injury that scuppered his 2017 to play in Melbourne, will begin against Donald Young. "I take it day by day as I always have".

"I'm hoping that it can be 100 per cent at the start of the tournament".

"There are three or four details that I have changed", Djokovic said.

"Even if it's 100% healed, after six months of no competition, you never know how you're going to react".

"There are some other options, long-term options, that I will obviously revisit and address post-tournament".

"I haven't been playing on the desired level", he said. The fifth set (of the final) was maybe the best set I ever played. "Honestly, it's a good place to be".

The 29-year-old has continued 2018 where he left off with a 21st career title looming at this week's ASB Classic in Auckland and he will return to the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since August 2014 when he gears himself up for a first-round test against the hugely-talented American Frances Tiafoe.

I felt like physically I might be alright but I thought the game and the wins were just not going to come.

He said: "My knee feels good".

The study also found that players in the age group of 24-29 find themselves a bit lost, neither young enough to go for the kill or old enough to call up court strategy to see them through. "I start from zero again", he said.

Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori had to pull out of the Australian Open because of injuries and Stan Wawrinka's participation in Melbourne is shaky at best at the moment after he withdrew from the pre-Open Tiebreak Tens where Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal made their first appearances for the season.

Top seed Rafael Nadal starts the Australian Open next week for the first time in his career without playing a warm-up tournament, and no uncle Toni by his side. "I'm really looking forward to try out my new serve here". "I've missed it", the former Serbian World No.1 said Saturday at Melbourne Park.

Lying in wait on his half of the draw are potential match ups against fellow Swiss, and 2014 victor Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Gael Monfils, Juan Martin del Potro, and six-time champ Novak Djokovic.

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