Novak Djokovic has already begun preparations for what will be a pressure-filled 2012 season. Speaking to reports in Abu Dhabi, where he’ll participate in an exo tournament at the end of the month, Djokovic said that the injuries that plagued him the last quarter of the season are healed.
“Injuries are past at this moment,” Djokovic told the Gulf News on Saturday. “I am happy to announce that it has been a couple of weeks since my last match and I have had enough time to recover physically and mentally and to get back into shape.”
A year ago Djokovic was still a player with unfilled potential. Now, he’s coming off one of the greatest seasons ever by a tennis player and he’s not changing a thing.
“I’m sticking with the same regime and same diet,” the World No. 1 added. “Same way of practising. Nothing has changed. The approach is as simple as it was.
“I am dedicated and motivated in the sport, I am only 24 and there are many years to come and to have lots of success.”
However, Djokovic is already changing his schedule – he did not play Abu Dhabi last year.
The $250K, 3-day Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi begin on December 29. The field also includes Roger Federer, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Djokovic finished with 10 titles including three Grand Slams. But sputtered the final two months of the season in part due to an ailing shoulder and fatigue.
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