MIAMI, Fla. – Novak Djokovic has no expectations in terms of results at the Miami Open.
But the good news is that as of two days ago, he is pain-free for the first time in “years”.
The elbow issue, on which he had what he called a “small intervention” at the beginning of February, has been bothering the former No. 1 for a long time even if, despite feeling pain, Djokovic posted some good results before calling an end to the 2017 season after Wimbledon.
Djokovic retired in the second set of his quarter-final match against Berdych there.
He didn’t play again until the Australian Open in January, where he lost in three tight sets to Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the round of 16.
Following the elbow procedure, Djokovic returned at Indian Wells, but lost his first match to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel.
To add to his woes, Djokovic also clearly was suffering from a cold all week.
Here are some snippets from Djokovic’s pre-tournament conference Tuesday.
(There’s a last bit, about a minute and a half, in response to a question Djokovic answers in Serbian).
Djokovic, the No. 9 seed, has a first-round bye. He will play the winner between Benoit Paire of France and Mischa Zverev of Germany in his opening match.
(With apologies for some of the shaky camera work. We blame two cross-country flights, jet lag, lack of sleep/food and excess of coffee. All is good now. 🙂 )