Novak Djokovic Says Skipping Miami Was Refreshing
by Tom Gainey | April 7th, 2017, 9:46 am

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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9 Comments for Novak Djokovic Says Skipping Miami Was Refreshing

chrisford Says:

Djokovic had almost 6 years of domination. Time away has helped others like Rafa, Serena, and Fed recharge after dominant runs – we will soon see if Djokovic rebounds or he has diet, mental prep issues that still need fixing.

DjokoEmilia Says:

To all Djokovic’s fans:

Good news — Novakk started eating meat again — according to the Serbian press.

Giles Says:

Yaaay, joker’s cannibalism has returned. Watch out everyone, he’s going to devour all the tourneys on his return! ROFL

chrisford Says:

Yaaay! That means I and some other fans may not have to wave “free cheeseburger for you, Novak” signs when he hits America this summmer, or “Novak – Free poutine on a bed of shaved steak” if we do Canada.

Danica Says:

“According to Serbian press” may not be the best source. It was former DC captain, Obradovic, who apprently gave an interview to Spain’s “Marka”, where this claim first appeared. After it was reprinted in Serbian press, Obradovic said his words were taken out of context and badly translated suggesting that Nole didn’t change anything in his diet.

Emilia Says:

To Danica

This is true but Obradovic also said he didn’t know what Novak’diet now includes. Anyway, Nole’s body shows a change for the better. Let us hope!

Colin Says:

The inescapable fact is,a vegan diet is unnatural. Nature, via evolution, has equipped humans with the teeth and digestion to deal with a mixed diet. If, during his astonishing run of success, Nole was vegan, then he must have been taking supplements of some kind, unless he is a mutant!

J-Kath Says:

I don’t know how you could eat an apple without teeth. Sorry Colin, I don’t think a vegan diet is unnatural and a diet that is 75% vegan is kinder to the digestive system.

chrisford Says:

J-Kath, I believe that Colin is referring to humans having the teeth of omnivores and digestive system of onivores – meaning a short length GI tract and only 1 stomach and Andy Murray like fangs in many people.

Fred Tillman BBQ expert :
“Man is evolved to eat BBQ. If we were designed to be ruminants, we’d have bigger mouths, goat teeth, 30 feet of extra intestine, a big butthole, and several extra stomachs capable of regurgitation. “

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