Novak Djokovic: My Ankle Is Not Bothering Me, I’m Confident Of Playing Well The Next Few Weeks
by Tom Gainey | May 12th, 2013, 2:12 pm

Novak Djokovic met the press today at the Italian Open in Rome. Just a few days after suffering a shock loss to Grigor Dimitrov during which he turned his bad ankle, the World No. 1 updated the press on the state of the injury and on how he feels heading into this final event before the French Open.

“I feel better and the ankle is not bothering me,” Djokovic said. “I try not to think about it as I know that I did not have any big injury in my career, perhaps 2011 with stomach and now the ankle injury but injury is part of the sport.

“And then it’s a mental thing too and trying not to make it become something mental and I am already slowly starting to release the protection for my ankle and its more stable and there is no pain and I’m confident in the next few weeks to play well.”

With three titles including the Australian Open, the Serb is pleased thus far with his season. But the biggest goal awaits later this month.

“I feel good this year so far and three titles so far and unexpected defeats but you win and you lose,” he said. “I don’t expect to win all the matches and don’t underestimate the opponents. There are many players outside of the top 4 or 5 who are dangerous.

“I am working harder day by day with a great team and everything is going in the right direction.”

Djokovic, a two-time Rome champion in 2008 and 2011, begins his bid for a third title against the Montanes-Klizan winner Tuesday or Wednesday.

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13 Comments for Novak Djokovic: My Ankle Is Not Bothering Me, I’m Confident Of Playing Well The Next Few Weeks

alison Says:

Glad theres no issue with the ankle anymore,so we can all concentrate on the tennis.

Giles Says:

Was there ever a REAL issue ??

grisham Says:

That is sooooo funny coming from a Nadal fan. Real knee issues?

Rumble Says:

In djoke’s case, you can at least see exactly when and how he rolled his ankle. In Nadal’s case, its all “inside” – who knows what the situation really is, with Nadal?? At least nobody on this forum. Nadal’s injury talk does sometime look suspicious.

You can be absolutely sure that is Nadal loses at the French open, his knee would have surely been injured!!

Michael Says:

All the best to Novak. I am sure he will come back strongly in Rome.

harry Says:

Glad to hear that Nole’s ankle has recovered :-) Hope he brings back his form from MC :-)

Ben Pronin Says:

When did he have a stomach problem in 2011?

Giles Says:

^^ When indeed??

Paradox Says:

Rumble, there are many types of medical disorders.Some of the problems may be evident to a layman,like an accident or giddiness and fall ect.But there are many conditions where a layman may think that the person is just acting and not having actual problem.Well, layman is called just that because he may come to a conclusion with just a superficial assessment and not cosidering real but insideous onset of many conditions.

skeezer Says:

Pair of Ducks,

So what are you really saying?

Kimberly Says:

hey skeeze congrats on the win last night for the warriors.

Kimberly Says:

at the very least making a nice competitive series of it.

skeezer Says:

Thanks ;). That was a ballsy win considering they played horrible till the end. 38% from the field and win! Very cool. Heat tonight?

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