Former world number one Novak Djokovic has said that it was refreshing to sit out of the Miami Open last week even it meant that would not be able to win a seventh title at the event. (Sitting out of the Miami Open has rejuvenated Djokovic)
Djokovic is nursing an elbow injury which is why he took time off from the game for a while. He wants to be fully fit and raring to go when Serbia faces Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in front of his home crowd.
“Of course I wanted to be on the court and defend my title but it just didn’t happen this time,” Djokovic told a news conference in the Serbian capital’s Aleksandar Nikolic arena.
“At the same time, it was also rather refreshing to get some rest and sit out Miami at home with my wife and son. It was quality family time which I don’t get enough of and it made me very happy,” he said. (Sitting out of the Miami Open has rejuvenated Djokovic)
“A hardcourt tie is not an ideal preparation for the clay court season but given that I was away for a few weeks after a patchy start to the season, I need as many matches as possible to get back into my stride irrespective of the surface.”
He also heaped a lot of praise on Federer and called him an example that everyone should follow. (Sitting out of the Miami Open has rejuvenated Djokovic)
“What Federer has accomplished this year is admirable and it shows that one can play at the top level even at his age. He’s had his ups and downs in the last three or four years but came back swinging and revitalised after a six-month layoff last year,” said Djokovic.