Novak Djokovic is taking the positives after missing his title defense and his first Miami Open due to an elbow issue. With the elbow now healed, Djokovic said earlier this week at Davis Cup that he enjoyed the time off to spend with his wife and family.
“Of course I wanted to be on the court and defend my title but it just didn’t happen this time,” Djokovic said.
“At the same time, it was also rather refreshing to get some rest and sit out Miami at home with my wife and son. It was quality family time which I don’t get enough of and it made me very happy.”
While idle, Djokovic had to see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal return to the final, and the Swiss take the top prize, his third already of this young season.
“What Federer has accomplished this year is admirable and it shows that one can play at the top level even at his age. He’s had his ups and downs in the last three or four years but came back swinging and revitalized after a six-month layoff last year,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic and his Serbian team host Spain today on the hard courts in Belgrade. Djokovic will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Next weekend he’ll be back on the clay in Monte Carlo, a quick turnaround not lost on the former No. 1.
“A hardcourt tie is not an ideal preparation for the clay court season but given that I was away for a few weeks after a patchy start to the season,” Djokovic said. “I need as many matches as possible to get back into my stride irrespective of the surface.”
Since winning Doha over Andy Murray, Djokovic has just five wins in three tournaments. This is the first time since 2010 that Djokovic has started the season without winning either the Australian, Indian Wells or Miami. He had completed the triple the last three years.
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