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Novak Djokovic hoping injury will 'behave' on return — Australian Open

Australian Open 2018: 5 first round matches to watch Nadal begins new era without mentor Toni Nadal in Australia
Alejandro Castrejon | Enero 13, 2018, 19:44

No man has more Australian Open titles than Djokovic, who has six in all and - until last year's shocking second-round exit - had won five of the six contested from 2011 to 2016.

Djokovic, who has adapted his serve, is aware he is at risk of doing further damage but believes he can mount a challenge if he stays fully fit.

Both players went on to have an impressive year and will be looking to repeat their performance in 2018 where they will face competition from the other big hitters who missed the majority of last year through injury.

Qualifying for the Open concludes on Sunday before the tournament begins.

That is giving Djokovic some hope.

"I think he's got a God-given gift in what he does".

"Everyone wants to win a Grand Slam".

But the 2009 champion dismissed suggestions that result gave him additional motivation this year.

"But it's also true that he's really mastered how to pace himself, to care of himself, train for tennis in a way that is absolutely brilliant, and also train his body and his mind". He says he is still managing the injury, which has caused him to abbreviate his service action.

Despite the tournament suffering due to withdrawals by Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori, the return to fitness of Djokovic and hopefully Nadal too opens up the tournament. "I needed time to kind of get used to that change, understand whether that's good or not good for me".

Returning champion Billie Jean King on Friday condemned the views of Court - who she counts as a personal friend - re-igniting the debate around renaming the Melbourne Park arena.

Djokovic said he had been convinced by doctors that he would not be doing the injury any more damage by playing in Melbourne.

Zverev emerged from the pack in 2017 with his five titles, including Masters 1000 victories at Rome and Montreal. "Hopefully I can do so", in Australia.

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"In terms of professional things, I spoke to him few days ago, speaking about how the life is going, how the tennis is going. I did it. I wanted to win a Masters 1000 event and I did it. I haven't dreamt that much about winning at the O2, but I did it".

Roger Federer is fancied to retain his title but will be pushed hard by world number one - and last year's beaten finalist - Rafa Nadal.

"There is too many injuries on the tour".

Like 22-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios, fourth seed Zverev possesses a majestic game capable of toppling the very best but also has a propensity to crumble on the biggest stages.