Novak Djokovic: My Injuries Are In The Past, I Am Fully Recovered Physically and Mentally
by Tom Gainey | December 19th, 2011, 9:14 pm

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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30 Comments for Novak Djokovic: My Injuries Are In The Past, I Am Fully Recovered Physically and Mentally

Kimmi Says:

djokovic was also recovered when he came back at basel after his one month layoff. After few matches the shoulder did not feel so good..hope the recovery is for real this time.

Michael Says:

It is heartening that he has fully recovered. But, I think he should be careful with his schedule in 2012 which also includes the Olympic games. He can take a leaf out from Federer’s calendar from hereon. But 2012 is going to be tough for Novak since he will be defending a mountain of points. He will also realize that it is one thing to be World No.1, but quite tough to defend it which Federer did from 2004-2007. Nevertheless, all the best to Novak for a eventful 2012.

Humble Rafa Says:

I am not surprised that the “Egg man” is ready to go. I am sure papa Djokovic put him in the egg in London and brought him to Serbia.

Kind advice to the Egg man. When you lose, be original. Don’t copy other people and try to explain away your losses pointing to one injury or another.

P.S: Can I borrow your egg? You can borrow my knee machine. Deal?

Humble Rafa Says:

I hope Andy’s butt*ck muscle is healed :). The entire nation of United Kingdom is eagerly waiting for your Grand…well,never mind. I already see another choke waiting to happen.

Dc Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
I hope Andy’s butt*ck muscle is healed :). The entire nation of United Kingdom is eagerly waiting for your Grand…well,never mind. I already see another choke waiting to happen
What happened to Andy’s butt muscle. Did butt picker accidental pick Andys while they were practicing doubles?

Wog boy Says:

You people, you see what you have done by trying to guess who is Humble Rafa’s fav player. You turned him against Nole. Don’t listen to them, please, Humble Rafa. Stick with the other three, keep bagging them :-) and you people, live Humble Rafa alone.
Merry Christmas, Humble Rafa… See you in Melbourne.

Wog boy Says:

“leave” not “live”

alison hodge Says:

good luck to novak in 2012,i think the chances of him having another year like this one are slim,as these things happen only once in a blue moon,although thats not to say he wont have another great year,and i really hope he does,its a different situation now,hes the one been chased and not the one doing the chasing,and he has a mamoth task next year defending all those points,i wish him all the luck in the world,i think hes really going to need it.

Humble Rafa Says:

What happened to Andy’s butt muscle.

This is what happenned to his behind

There is poetic justice in life. when you are pain in the a*s to your fans, you hurt ur a*s.

Evalds Says:

Now that he got a taste of true greatness anything short of that will make him think of some changes. Even if he will try to keep everything the same other rivals will make adjustments that might make him uncomfortable.
By doing what he did in 2011 he elevated the level of the whole professional tour. We all are going to have a happy 2012!

dave Says:

Since this is relevant, I’m repeating much of what I posted in the other blog… in case you haven’t read it:

Of course Novak is now conveniently healed and fully fit just two weeks after the WTF. even though he played just 8 matches after the US Open, none against the top four players.

Djokovic has probably been injury free since late September, if this soccer match is any indication (see links). This match was about a week after his supposed injury against Del Potro during their Davis Cup match.

The day after his theatrical retirement against Del Potro at Davis Cup, Djokovic announced his injury was not serious. One week later he played in the above soccer match, and was reported as moving well. However, a few days after the soccer match it was announced that he had still not recovered and would be skipping the Shanghai Masters, lol (which I agree he should skip even if not injured, simply to rest). And magically, Djokovic’s not-serious injuries managed to continue for two months into Basel, Paris and WTF, even though he played only 8 matches after the US Open.

Djokovic has claimed “nothing has changed” in his training and diet, and he is doing the same routine. But a lot has changed.

– First, his magic doctor Igor Cetojevic — who can do far more for a sportsman than just gluten free diets — is not longer with him. No Cetojevic, no mojo for Djokovic.

– Second, when Djokovic won the Australian Open in 2008 and 2011, he used the Hopman Cup in Perth as his main preparation for the Australian Open. He arrived in Australia before the New Year and trained for at least three weeks there in both years. This year he also trained with Andy Murray in early January, after the Hopman Cup. Instead of sticking to his winning routine, Djokovic is following the money to the Mubadala exhibitition. Players like Djokovic, Federer and Nadal probably get at least a million dollars appearance fees just to play that exhibition.

If Djokovic is smart, he’ll lose to Gael Monfils at Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala, take his million dollar appearance fee and go to Doha. Doha’s prize money alone is about three times that of any other event before the Australian Open, and in addition they’re probably paying huge appearance fees to attract the top three players. In Doha, Djokovic should lose early, take his appearance fee and fly straight to Australia to train with poor Murray again. Otherwise Federer might tank his Mubadala match to Djokovic in order to enable Novak and Rafa wear themselves out (unless Tsonga beats Nadal again). Federer lost exhibition events (in Australia or Abu Dhabi) in almost every year he won the Australian Open. In most years he won such exhibitions, fed lost the Australian Open. So Fed doesn’t care if he loses such exhibitions (are you reading, Darrin Cahill?).

madmax Says:

Guys, did you not see that Roger Federer is playing twice! That./.I HAVE to see! Thanks Tom Gainey. :)/

‘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’.

A great read from Simon Reed!

jane Says:

Nice that he picked that Tsonga vs. Dimitrov match; it was one of my favorites of the year. Here is another summation, this one from SkySports:

skeezerweezer Says:

Wog boy…re: HR

HR is “playing” as Rafael Nadal, get it? :)

Everyone who is claiming he is a fan of this guy, or that guy, doesn’t get it ( no offenses meant to be thrown here ).

So, he is against everyone who is not Rafa. He is claiming to BE Rafa, his implications are obvious. Makes sense to me.

I give him full credit as he has stayed 99% in Character, and gives a fantastic performance. Not all his posts have been funny or on the mark but I can’t tell you how many times I was LMAO. All in good fun me thinks :)

I vote to give him the Oscar award for 2011 on Tennis X.

dave Says:

The Mubadala field includes defending champion Nadal

Interesting comments from Sampras and Moya, who both played in China recently

And also from Gaston Gaudio

Thangs Says:

HR gets more attention than Roger,Rafa:-)

Humble Rafa Says:

Two legends of tennis expect the “Big Four” to wage a battle royal for the Grand Slam crowns this season.

When did my mentor Carlos Moya become a legend? Even though I check with Uncle Moya freqently, I didn’t get the “legend” memo.

Also, the big 4 is over rated. The 4th of the big 4 is a choker. So, is number 3 but to a lesser extent.

The only time I ever choked, was when I choked on a banana during change over. Other unexplained losses were strictly due to injury.

Kimberly Says:

I believe humble rafa was a poster under another name and may still be but adopts the persona of humble rafa, after nadal’s self- deprecating pressers during the french finally got on his nerves too much too bear. So I believe he is a fan of someone but under that persona he can’t really be a fan of anyone, as skeezer said.

He’s got my vote for the tennis-x Oscar. One thing is clear however, Rafa is NOT his favorite player and he finds Nadal and his tactics extremely annoying.

I can find them annoying too at times but when I see the Nadal I love, NOT the one at WTF but the one who played Delpo at the French I can overlook it. Just love his game and love his fight and love his on court persona. Just love it.

However in Rafa’s defense, anyone who plays tennis knows that it is not the best role to be the favorite and sometimes you play up your opponents abilities and chances to avoid expectation in case the unthinkable happens even when deep down inside you know you are going to crush them or certainly should crush them.

Kimberly Says:

Hmmmm Humble Rafa

Other unexplained losses were strictly due to injury.
Are there any losses that aren’t due to injury? You are faltering in your role here. It is not just unexplained losses. ALL losses. Repeat it HR, a fit Rafa never loses.

grendel Says:

Kimberley – you say HR “finds Nadal and his tactics extremely annoying.”
Maybe so. But I wonder if he still does, or always does. Once you start to impersonate someone, I can’t help suspecting you gain a degree of empathy for them. Even when you are mocking them. Because the Nadal who emerges from Humble Rafa is strangely likeable. The politically, ethically,spiritually and whatever elsely correct model which peeps out from under Uncle Toni’s protective shadow is, frankly, rather a bore. And not very believable, either.

Playing down the expectations is not the prerogative of tennis players. Nadal was always taking a bit of a risk in being so extreme, however, in his “modesty” – because its continuation was dependant on continuing success. Nadal’s recent interviews, reflecting his hammering at the hands of Djokovic, have been more realistic – more snide, a little bit of bitchiness, generally more human in fact. If he carries on like this, he’ll be putting HR out of business. For Humble Rafa can only exist when the going is very, very good. Once Nadal starts beating Djokovic again, the old insuffrable tone will be back.

skeezerweezer Says:

Kimberly @ 6:23 post:


BTW, Happy Holidays to you and the Fam! ( say Hi to Colin for me…..the Heat are com in..the Heat are comin! )

grendel @ 6:47

Always an insightful and enjoyable read. You should be nominated for poster of the year at Tennis X 2011. Your writing skills are unmatched. Now, if awarded, and accepted, would you take that as a dubious award or and honorable one? :)

grendel Says:

Dubious – though not in the sense you meant. This is supposed to be a tennis blog and – as my younger son’s tennis coach will tell you – I know nothing about tennis as such. Derek Munro (a Scot wh knew Judy M, b.t.w. – impossible to resist name dropping, isn’t it?) was patiently going over the mechanism of the serve with my son, for the umpteenth time (and for the umteenth time I tried to incorporate the movements in my visual memory and failed) when he pointed out that some students can pick up these movements almost straight away. Of course, they need to practice them – but they know what to do. Some, however, really struggle, my son amongst them. Derek suddenly turned to me;”you’d be a nightmare to teach” he said with a broad grin. He must have watched me knocking up with my son on a spare court. I tried to think of a dignified response, but there was none. He’d gauged me correctly.

Co-ordination is a strange thing, how some people have it, some don’t. Also, it’s not absolute. This same son is pretty nifty on the piano. Now I’ve had a go – a prolonged go – at that too, and I could never get beyond the elementary stage. Again, the problem was co-ordination. For me, but not for the boy.

Muscle movement – when I mentioned the discrepency with Derek, what a natural young Jack was on the piano, he just shrugged: different muscles. Different type of co-ordination, therefore. That seems obvious. And yet my experience is different, so I can’t help suspecting there may be a connection.

Probably there is (I am guessing), but it is tenuous, and all kinds of other things come in to play. Incidentally, because young Jack persevered from an early age, he now has the capacity to play a reasonable game of tennis (he has a fearsome forehand, he likes to think – I get a buzz out of watching it, though I still hold my breath when he serves) so that wherever he goes, however old he gets, he’ll always be able to have a bit of fun on the tennis court with a stranger. That’s something to be thankful for.

Kimberly Says:

Skeezer—happy holidays. Santa is very busy indeed.

ColinO6 compiled the best record in the fall 8 and under division for North Dade with a record of 16-2! His first trophy.

Kaiser and I, on the other hand recently got ejected from a mixed dubs tourney as our opponents complained to the tournament director on a technichality and got us booted. Weak.

grendel Says:

b.t.w.Skeezer, hope I didn’t sound ungracious, just a bit embarrassed I guess. Merry Christmas and all that stuff.

skeezerweezer Says:


Same stuff back at ya.

You sounded excellent. However, knowing my devilish teasin tendancies and a chance to embarrass you? Well, let’s just say that takes a ton of restraint from skeezer. So you must be admired, kinda……sorta ;)

grendel Says:

If you look carefully, Skeeze, you can always find something to admire in anyone. However, sometimes, you do need a microspcope……

dari Says:

Haha, I see grendel and skeeze have the holiday spirit, and its true grendel, I wait for the day when you announce to us that you’ve got a book or something published, love your writing!
Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
And the ATP wishes you a merry Christmas!
(Oldie, but goodie)

jane Says:

Thanks dari, that was great to see again. (p.s. grendel must have a book published already, me suspects.)

And yeah. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy & Healthy 2012 to all the posters and staff at Tennis X.

courbon Says:

Dave, you are spot on about Djokovic and exibition matches ( and about Igor Cetojevic-not many people knows but you are 100% there-He is much more then only nutritionist )-I just want to ad one thing:
The day Djokovic gets rid off his Dad and Uncle, his carer will be even better!

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