Thanks to days and days off, Novak Djokovic said many of the injuries he’s been carrying – right arm and left wrist – are getting better. The Serb has enjoyed addition time to rest after Jiri Vesely withdrew Wednesday and yesterday Mikhail Youzhny retired after just six games.
“The arm is doing very well,” Djokovic said. “Everything is going in the right direction. I feel significantly better now than I have just at the beginning of the tournament. I’m looking forward to compete.”
The question is, will Djokovic’s lack of match play hurt him down the road? Not even Djokovic really knows.
“The Grand Slam career this never happened,” he said of his light week one schedule. “I had very few. I remember one walkover that I had. It was quarters in French Open, Fognini. But I haven’t had this particular circumstance where I have walkover and then I spend six games on the court next match.
“But it is what it is. I’ll take it. I’m moving on and focusing on the next one.”
Djokovic will be on court tomorrow against Brit Kyle Edmund. He beat Edmund handily at Miami earlier this year.
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