Novak Djokovic makes big revelation on his rehabilitation ahead of Miami Open

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 | 0

Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has revealed that he’s playing ‘pain-free’ ahead of this week’s ATP Masters event in Miami.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion underwent an elbow surgery that forced him to retire midway from the Wimbledon last year.

And although he has participated in a couple of tournaments this season (Australian Open and Indian Wells Masters), he is hoping to make a full-fledged comeback after being free of pain for the ‘first time in years’.

“I actually started playing pain-free in the last two days. It’s quite refreshing because everything else had pain involved,” Djokovic told AFP (via Fox Sports Asia).

“The last few days have been first in a long, long time that I could actually be focused on the game rather than have something in my mind and be worried about whether I am going to have pain or not.

“It’s the first time in years.”

The 29-year-old, however, cautioned his fans of expectations, stating that he’s still not at his best.

“I am not yet at my best,” he added. “Every day is a process for me and it’s an opportunity to learn, to grow and get better after the two years of injury and trying to figure out ways how to play pain free.”

Djokovic has a bye in first round. He will have a tricky opponent in either Mischa Zverev or Benoit Paire in the second.

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