Djokovic hoping injury will 'behave' at Australian Open

From BBC - January 13, 2018

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic will head into next week's Australian Open uncertain of how his elbow will react to competition after a six-month break.

The Serb, 30, has not played since retiring against Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July.

Djokovic has not undergone surgery, but the decision to play in Melbourne was left until the eve of the tournament.

"It has not yet been 100% healed but right now it's at the level where I can compete," he said.

"Every day is getting better. I am hoping that it can be 100% at the start of the tournament. Throughout the tournament, I do not know how it's going to behave.

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

Djokovic has been working with new coach Radek Stepanek in the off-season, and Andre Agassi flew into Melbourne on Saturday to join his team.

One of the changes they have made is to the Djokovic service action, which has been altered to take pressure off the elbow.

"I feel like I spend less energy but I am more efficient," he said. "I am really looking forward to trying out my new serve."


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