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‘I feel ready!’ - Novak Djokovic graces Rod Laver Arena in Australian Open boost

Serbian tennis great Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open as many as six times.

tennis Updated: Jan 07, 2018 12:33 IST
Omnisport, Melbourne
Novak Djokovic,Rod Laver Arena,Australian Open
Former world No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic will be taking part in the Australian Open.(Reuters)

The view of Novak Djokovic practising on Rod Laver Arena was a welcome onefor Australian Open organisers and fans, after the six-time champion touched down in Melbourne.

Tournament officials have been sweating on the fitness of former world number one Djokovic, who has struggled to overcome an elbow injury, after the withdrawals of five-time runner-up Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori in the men’s draw, while 23-time slam champion Serena Williams also pulled out.

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Finally back in the land down under. Feels good to be back! Idemo! #AusOpen

A post shared by Novak Djokovic (@djokernole) on

Djokovic was forced to skip the Mubadala World Tennis Championshipand the Qatar Open, having not played competitively since withdrawing from the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July.

But the 30-year-old and 12-time major winner – now ranked 12th in the world –looked pain-free in Melbourne on Sunday.

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In a video posted to Twitter, Djokovic also wrote: “I feel ready!”

Music to the ears of the Australian Open, which gets underway at Melbourne Park on January 15.

First Published: Jan 07, 2018 11:54 IST