Regardless of his early exit on the Monte Carlo Masters, Serbian Novak Djokovic revealed that he’s nonetheless grappling with an elbow challenge as he prepares for this week’s Srpska Open.
The world No. 1 is set to beat this bodily problem and regain his kind in time for the French Open.
Djokovic suffered a third-round defeat to Lorenzo Musetti in Monte Carlo final week, the 22-times Grand Slam champion’s serve damaged eight occasions by the Italian.
“My elbow just isn’t in a really perfect form however ok to be prepared for the primary match,” Djokovic informed reporters.
“One of many good issues in tennis is that you simply get a brand new alternative to show your price each week and take a step ahead. So I’ve turned over a brand new leaf.”
“Naturally, I wasn’t happy with the end in Monte Carlo. However, ever since I landed, I’ve felt welcomed in Banja Luka, a number of optimistic vitality and optimistic feelings.”
Djokovic will face 18-year-old Luca Van Assche in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Wednesday after the Frenchman claimed a 1-6 7-6(4) 6-4 victory over three-times Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.
“I do not know a lot in regards to the younger French participant,” Djokovic mentioned.
“I assumed Wawrinka would win the match. I noticed (Van Assche) play however not for lengthy; he’s an actual fighter, quick, and it is not simple to get previous him. Nobody needs to be underestimated.”
Van Assche, ranked 87th on this planet, mentioned it was a privilege to play towards Djokovic.
“Novak is a real champion. Not solely in tennis however in sports activities typically,” he added. “Will probably be an unbelievable match. I do know I will have to provide me all to win.”
The French Open, the season’s second Grand Slam, begins on Might 28.