Novak is ready for Open attack

Henry

Novak Djokovic is ready for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. The 36-year-old Serbian is playing in the opening round of the Australian Open against Dino Prizmic of Croatia.

And on top of that, his wrist injury seems to be a thing of the past.

Djokovic hurt his wrist on the practice court and he experienced discomfort in his warm-up match against Alex de Minaur in Perth.

“My joint feels better now. I have had sufficient time to recover and things are also going smoothly on the training track; I don’t feel any discomfort,” said the defending champion.

“It is also not as serious as some of the previous injuries I have struggled with in the run-up to this tournament. But at the same time, I also don’t know if it will flare up again. When you find yourself in a match situation, anything can happen.”

The world’s leading player undoubtedly has his eye on an 11th title after he also walked away with the laurels in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2023.

Djokovic last lost in an Australian Open match in 2018 and he has never lost in a final at Melbourne Park.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I started my season like most of the previous seasons: With a win here in Australia.”

Melbourne is definitely my favorite venue to play. It is a court where I am fortunate enough to be able to play some of my best tennis and where I have achieved good results.”

Top seeded men’s players for the Australian Open:

  1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  2. Carlos Alcaraz (Spain)
  3. Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
  4. Jannik Sinner (Italy)
  5. Andrey Rublev (Russia)
  6. Alexander Zverev (Germany)
  7. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
  8. Holger Rune (Denmark)
  9. Hubert Hurkacz (Poland)
  10. Alex de Minaur (Australia)