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Miami | Djokovic reconsidering comeback after defeat

Miami | Djokovic reconsidering comeback after defeat

Novak Djokovic says he is reconsidering his return to tennis following his early exit at the Miami Open.

The Serb recently returned from a long-standing elbow injury, but lost his opening match in Florida, 6-3 6-4, to Benoit Paire – his third successive defeat.

Now, Djokovic admits he may have to reassess his recovery after claiming he is finding it ‘impossible’ to attain the level he wants at present.

“I love playing on the hard court. I wanted to get a couple of tournaments before the clay court season starts. I obviously wasn’t ready for that Novak Djokovic

“I’m trying, but it’s not working,” he said. “That’s all it is. I mean, obviously I’m not feeling great when I’m playing this way.

“Of course I want to be able to play as well as I want to play. Just, it’s impossible at the moment. That’s all.

“I felt I started the match well, first six games. Then I just ran out of gas. He was serving well. I just wasn’t able to break him down. He was just coming up with the good shots at the right time. It happened very fast.

“I wanted to come to Indian Wells and Miami because I wanted to see whether I can play a match.

“I love playing on the hard court. I wanted to get a couple of tournaments before the clay court season starts. I obviously wasn’t ready for that.”

Although he had planned for the two US hardcourt tournaments to be a precursor to a full clay court season, Djokovic sounded unsure after the defeat.

“That was the plan,” he said when asked if he felt ready to head into the Monte Carlo Masters at the end of April. “But let’s see what happens.”


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Barbara Wancke

Barbara Wancke is a Tennis Threads Tennis Correspondent who has been involved in the sport for over 40 years, not only as a former player, umpire and coach but primarily as an administrator and tennis writer contributing over the years to Lawn Tennis, Tennis World, and Tennis Today. She has worked with the Dunlop Sports Co, IMG and at the ITF as Director of Women’s Tennis, responsible, amongst other things, for the running of the Federation Cup (now Fed Cup), and acting as Technical Director for tennis at the Seoul Olympics (1988). She subsequently set up her own tennis consultancy Tennis Interlink and was elected to the Board of the TIA UK where she became the Executive Administrator and Executive Vice President until she stood down in July 2014 and is currently an Honorary Vice President.

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