Novak Djokovic says his ailing right wrist is ready to go this week at the Rome Masters. Djokovic, who injured his wrist after winning Miami, had to withdraw from Madrid due to continued issues. But on the eve of the final big event before the French, the Serb is confident he can play up to his best again.
“I did not feel any pain four days before I was supposed to go to Madrid, though the medical team advised me not to go,” Djokovic said. “I listened to what they said, because I wanted it to heal 100 percent.
“I have practiced and my wrist has been monitored. All the experts – a few doctors and my physiotherapist – said that after I played points and full training, I was able to return to tournament play. Right now, I feel confident about the state of my wrist. I am more ready than I was one week ago to play a match.”
After a poor start to the year, Djokovic picked up his play in March winning Indian Wells and Miami. Then with the wrist deteriorating he lost in the semifinals to Roger Federer in his Monte Carlo title defense.
“I hope I have the mental and physical freshness in returning here,” said Djokovic. “I do not like to skip the big tournaments. I have been injury-free the past five years, but this time the injury kept me away. Having missed Madrid, it might influence my first match here against Stepanek. But I am looking for that edge. I need clay matches and get myself on a run of confidence.”
Djokovic added that he and fiancee Jelena Ristic have yet to set a due date for the birth of their first child. Nor is there a wedding date.
“I have been told not to say too much,” he said regarding the baby. “I cannot say the date, but it will happen at the end of the year.”
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